USDA weighs changes to CWD herd certification standards

CWD affects cervids such as deer, elk and moose. Captive herds can transmit the disease to wild populations.

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is currently accepting public comments on proposed updates to the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program standards. The proposed changes are intended to address state and industry concerns about current standards. The voluntary program sets the standards to certify captive cervid herds as low risk for CWD, which are the only animals allowed to move between states.

The comment period is open until April 30. Learn more about the standards and how to comment in the federal register.