Chronic Wasting Disease Hotline Established

The Ohio Division of Wildlife has a new Chronic Wasting Disease hotline.

People can call 419-429-8322 to have their CWD questions answered and learn how to contribute to the continued health of Ohio’s deer herd.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife says testing for Chronic Wasting Disease in Ohio’s white-tailed deer population is continuing during the 2021-22 hunting season.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer and other similar species, including mule deer, elk, and moose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no strong evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans.

Two CWD-positive wild deer were confirmed during the 2020-21 hunting season in Wyandot County.

A disease surveillance area has been established in response to the confirmed cases, and intensive monitoring will continue for at least three years in Wyandot County as well as portions of Hardin and Marion counties.

Specific regulations apply to hunters who harvest a deer in this location, including mandatory testing on Nov. 6-7, Nov. 13-14, and the seven-day gun season, Nov. 29 – Dec. 5.

In-person sampling is available at the Big Island Wildlife Area Headquarters, Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area Headquarters, and the Wyandot County Fairgrounds on those dates.

Self-serve kiosks are also available.

A list of kiosk locations and instructions can be found at