GRANGEVILLE - Staff with the Idaho Fish and Game will continue to collect samples from deer at hunter check stations and head barrel drop-off locations in Idaho as part of a statewide surveillance program from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
Chronic wasting disease was detected for the first time in Idaho in 2021 after more than 20 years of proactive surveillance and testing, with the first detections were in Unit 14, which is located south of Grangeville. Chronic wasting disease is a contagious and fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose, and there is no cure.
From 10:00 a.m. to sunset on each of the days listed below, check stations will be operated at Camas Prairie Vet Clinic in Grangeville and the Historic Site near Cottonwood, ID.
Check Station Dates:
- November 18
- November 19
- November 20
- November 21
Testing takes approximately four to six weeks after samples are submitted. For deer sampled at check stations or the Regional Office, hunters will be given a business card with a unique barcode number on it. The number can be entered into the IDFG sample results website, where status updates and final testing results will be posted.
Fish and Game also has head barrels across the region where hunters can deposit their own lymph node samples or deer heads. Each head barrel has instructions attached to it and information tags are to be filled out for each head and sample. All samples should be kept cool or frozen until transferred to a head barrel.
Through December 31, barrels will be placed at the following locations:
- Highway 95 & Old Highway 95
- Slate Creek Dumpster Site
- Hells Canyon Recreation Office
- Cottonwood Historic Site
- Tolo Lake
- Camas Prairie Vet Clinic
- Mt. Idaho Grade and Highway 14
- Clearwater Regional Office
- Mile Marker 23- Kooskia Gravel Pit
For more information regarding CWD sampling in the Clearwater, please contact the Regional Office at (208) 799-5010 or visit the IDFG CWD website.