Another Saskatchewan Case of CWD Found in Wild

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Saskatchewan's hunters have turned in another deer head that has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

This latest positive case was found in a mule deer doe taken this fall near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. This is the third positive case found in the past couple of months and the sixth discovered since the late 1990s when the province started monitoring animals in the wild for the disease. The doe was taken in the Herd Reduction Area near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park.

Current science indicates that reducing the size of a deer herd in an area where positive cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been discovered is an effective way to control its spread. Saskatchewan Environment enlisted the help of hunters to reduce the size of the deer herd in the targeted areas. Hunters who wanted to assist in Herd Reduction were issued free Control Permits, with more available at local Saskatchewan Environment offices after head samples had been submitted.

This fall Saskatchewan Environment issued approximately 2,200 Control Permits. To date hunters have submitted approximately 3,400 deer heads and 118 elk heads for Chronic Wasting Disease testing at the Canadian Co- operative Wildlife Health Centre and Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon. The number of heads turned in and Control Permits issued demonstrates the excellent support and co-operation that Saskatchewan Environment has received from hunters and landowners in working to address this disease.

Saskatchewan Environment is encouraging hunters to continue to submit deer heads they may still have frozen for testing for Chronic Wasting Disease.

Current science indicates that CWD poses no known risk to humans or to domestic livestock.