Confirmed Case of CWD
Saskatchewan Environment has received confirmation of another case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer. As stated in a May 10th news release, an animal had a suspicious test and a sample was sent to an Ontario laboratory for confirmation.
The sample, which has now been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, was from a three-year-old mule deer buck from the Manito Sand Hills near Lloydminster. The buck was among 185 samples taken by Saskatchewan Environment staff during the spring CWD collection program. The other 184 samples tested negative for the disease.
This is the third case of the disease discovered in the province's wild deer. All of the positive cases have been found in the Manito Sandhills.
Over the past four years Saskatchewan Environment has tested over 5,200 samples from across the province.
Current science indicates that Chronic Wasting Disease poses no known risk to humans or domestic livestock.
This fall Saskatchewan Environment will once again be asking hunters in high risk areas to turn in the heads of animals they take for testing for the disease.