Deer and elk hunters can call a special hot line or use the DOW Web site to retrieve the results of the CWD test of their animals.
Hunters who have had their deer or elk tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) and do not receive a call from the Colorado Division of Wildlife telling them the test was positive should assume CWD was not detected in their animal, Division of Wildlife Director Russell George reminded hunters this week.
However, hunters who want to check the results for themselves can now call a special CWD hot line and get the results automatically. The CWD hot line number is (800) 434-0274. Hunters will need the head submission number from the test form to activate an automated response system similar to those used by airlines to provide arrival and departure information.
The hot line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the call is free.
Hunters also can get test results by visiting the Division’s Web site at www.wildlife.state.co.us. They should click on CWD on the left hand side of the home page and then look for test results.
Completing the test has been taking between seven and 14 days. “Testing turnaround time may vary depending on the number of samples turned in,” George said. “But if a hunter hasn’t heard from the DOW within a month of turning in their sample, they can assume the test did not detect CWD.”
George said that customer service representatives in the Division’s call center at (303) 297-1192 would check results for hunters needing help. However, he said the call center already was getting more than 17,000 calls a month, making getting through to the representatives difficult.