About the Wildlife Futures Program
The Wildlife Futures Program, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program, is a science-based, wildlife health program that serves to increase disease surveillance, management, and research to better protect wildlife across the Commonwealth.
For hunters who submit samples from deer they harvest for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing, the partnership will provide much faster turnaround for test results – about 10 to 21 days – as well as the ability to track test results online.
The Wildlife Futures Program will dedicate 12 employees, one of them working full-time out of the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, to addressing wildlife diseases. Benefits include:
- The ability to better define wildlife diseases, their impacts, and how we can manage them
- Freeing up agency biologists to spend more time focusing on managing wildlife populations
- The coordination of disease responses across agencies, our hunting community, and the general public
Download our Wildlife Futures Program Overview (PDF).
Based out of Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the Wildlife Futures Program is led by ecologist Dr. Julie Ellis, and veterinarian and toxicologist Dr. Lisa Murphy.