01 On The Rise

CWD is currently present in 23 states. However, scientists warn of incidents closing in on unaffected state lines. Impacted states report infection rates of nearly 10%, with localized rates spiking to 25%. For fishing, hunting, and wildlife agencies, this progressive neurological disease has reached near crisis levels. Affected animals experience irreversible brain and spinal cord damage ultimately leading to death. 1

79% CWD infection rate in a sampled captive deer population

1"Occurrence" Link
02 Lasting Impact

Once CWD is detected in an environment, it can spread rapidly. Currently, scientists believe CWD proteins (prions) are transmitted via body fluids including feces, saliva, blood, and urine; or through direct or indirect contact to contaminated soil, food, and water. These proteins linger in the environment long after the infected population is removed, leaving susceptible animals exposed. 2

2 Years Minimum amount of time CWD proteins remain in environment 3

2"Occurrence, Transmission, and Zoonotic Potential of Chronic Wasting Disease", Samuel E. Saunders, Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, and Jason C. Bartz. Link 3Modeling Routes of Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission: Environmental Prion Persistence Promotes Deer Population Decline and Extinction", Emily S. Almberg, Paul C. Cross, Christopher J. Johnson, Dennis M. Heisey, and Bryan J. Richards. Link
03 Opportunity Lost

Hunting is a key driver of the country’s outdoor recreation economy. From clothing and gear to licensing and lodging, the sport is an essential revenue generator nationwide. In impacted populations, public agencies that regulate hunting and deer and elk farming have been forced to absorb substantial costs to address CWD.4

$3.5 Billion Federal, state, and local taxes generated annually by hunting4

4"Fishing and Hunting Contribute Billions to the U.S. Economy ", Todd Whitesel, Link
04 Our Mission

Scientists are racing to find a cure for CWD. Our goal is to eradicate the disease using DNA-based technologies for assisted breeding. Our team aims to identify environmental risks, implement blood draw diagnostic tests, generate a vaccine for prevention, and educate current breeders. All of our research is executed in close coordination with TPWD and Animal Health.

18 to 20 Months Average lifespan of animal infected by CWD 5

5"Chronic Wasting Disease is Spreading, Can It Be Stopped?", Patrick Durkin, Link

Every Dollar Helps

Your contribution will help support the endless hours of research required to stop this devastating disease. Join us in reducing the prevalence of CWD in white-tailed deer and other susceptible cervid species.