Confirmation of Fifth Saskatchewan CWD Case
Saskatchewan Environment has received confirmation of another case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a wild deer in Saskatchewan bringing the total number of CWD cases found in the wild to five. Earlier this month this case had been announced as being suspicious.
This most recent case was found in a two-year-old mule deer buck taken this fall southeast of Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, north of Stewart Valley. This fall, two cases of Chronic Wasting Disease have been found in mule deer taken by hunters near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park. The three positive cases found before this fall had all been taken in the Manito Sandhills south of Lloydminster.
The Herd Reduction Area currently in effect near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park has been expanded to include the area where the latest confirmed case was found. Revised maps are available for people hunting in the area.
So far this fall, hunters from across the province have submitted 2300 head samples for CWD testing at the Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Health Centre and Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon. This is slightly ahead of last year at this time. Saskatchewan Environment is encouraging hunters to continue to turn in as many heads as possible.
Current science indicates that CWD poses no known risk to humans or to domestic livestock.