Confirmed Case of Chronic Wasting Disease

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Saskatchewan Environment has received confirmation of another case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer.

The latest positive sample was found in a two-year-old mule deer buck taken this fall near Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, north of Swift Current.

The sample was tested at the Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Health Centre in Saskatoon and was sent to an Ontario laboratory for confirmation.

This is the fourth case of CWD discovered in the province's wild deer. Up to this point, all of the positive cases had been found in the Manito Sandhills near Lloydminster.

Over the past four years Saskatchewan Environment has tested approximately 5,500 samples from across the province.

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

This fall, Saskatchewan Environment is again asking hunters from across the province to turn in the heads of animals they take for testing for CWD.