Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a rapidly spreading neurological disease attributed to misfolded proteins known as prions.

Cervids, which include elk, deer, reindeer, caribou, and moose, are responsible for the majority of cases of the disease.

Those who specialize in animal diseases are concerned about the rapid spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer populations.

A coalition of 68 experts from around the world was formed in 2023 to examine the potential challenges if CWD spreads to humans and affects food production.

 There is currently no available remedy or immunization for CWD, and eliminating it is exceedingly challenging.

 CWD has the ability to infect a greater number of anatomical regions in an animal's body compared to other prion diseases such as mad cow disease.

 Scientists estimate that hunter families unknowingly consume approximately 7,000 to 15,000 infected animals each year.

It is possible that prions may not cause illness for years, which is why the long latency period of CWD affects humans.

CWD was first found in Montana's natural habitat in 2017 and has spread across the state. Free testing and warnings haven't deterred hunters.