The Saskatchewan environment ministry, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is promoting the CWD testing program throughout the province. | File photo

Sask. hunters urged to test heads for CWD

The program uses deer, elk, moose and caribou heads that are submitted for chronic wasting disease testing

Saskatchewan hunters are being urged this hunting season to submit the heads of all deer, elk, moose and caribou carcasses for chronic wasting disease testing. The Saskatchewan environment ministry, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is promoting the CWD testing program throughout the province. In particular, hunters in high-priority wildlife management zones 9, 10, […] Read more

Scientists at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine published results on a possible vaccine that was tested on modified mice to prolong the time before infected animals developed the terminal brain-wasting disease. | File photo

Researchers closer to chronic wasting disease vaccine

Chronic wasting disease is spreading among wild deer and elk but researchers are hopeful a vaccine could be developed to control the fatal condition. Scientists at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinary medicine published results on a possible vaccine that was tested on modified mice to prolong the time before infected animals developed the […] Read more

Game farms must join the federal certification program to be eligible for depopulation assistance in case their herds catch chronic wasting disease from the wild deer population, but only 15 percent have done so.  |  Mickey Watkins photo

Confirmed cases of CWD up sharply in Sask.

It’s estimated 40 percent of wild deer in the South Saskatchewan River Valley are infected with chronic wasting disease

Chronic wasting disease is becoming more common across all parts of Saskatchewan and is now considered endemic in certain areas of the province. In a presentation to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities convention held last week in Saskatoon, Iga Stasiak, a wildlife health specialist with the Saskatchewan environment ministry, said 349 cases of CWD […] Read more


The province said a three-and-a-half year-old bull elk submitted as part of the voluntary CWD surveillance program tested positive. | Flickr/Larry Lamsa photo

CWD found in new area of Sask.

Chronic wasting disease has been discovered south of Melfort, Sask., marking a new area of the province for the disease. The province said a three-and-a-half year-old bull elk submitted as part of the voluntary CWD surveillance program tested positive. It was found in wildlife management zone 42E. CWD has now been confirmed in 45 of […] Read more

New federal rules are designed to do a better job of managing chronic wasting disease in farmed cervids, including elk.  |  File photo

Elk producers divided over stricter rules

New rules announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency apply to producers who are part of a voluntary program

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans to impose stricter rules this spring on cervid ranchers who are part of a voluntary program, a move that officials say is necessary but has producers divided. The changes, which take effect on April 1, are a result of the CFIA’s failed efforts to eradicate chronic wasting disease (CWD), […] Read more


Chronic wasting disease was first found in a farm elk but has since spread to the wild deer and elk population.  |  File photo

Survey finds more CWD in Western Canada

An examination of animal heads submitted by hunters determines that the disease is spreading to new areas

A recent hunter surveillance program suggests the population of chronic wasting disease continues to rise and spread in Western Canada. Trent Bollinger of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative said that of the 200 animal heads submitted for testing, 18 or about 10 percent tested positive for CWD. While final numbers are still being calculated, Bollinger […] Read more