Chronic Wasting Disease is a progressive, fatal nervous system disease that affects members of the deer family (white-tailed deer, mule deer and moose). The disease is caused by an abnormal protein and can spread when a healthy animal comes into contact with an infected animal or an environment (soil, food or water) contaminated with CWD. The disease is not known to affect humans or animals other than cervid species.
While this disease has not yet been detected in B.C., 64 animals in the area around Libby, Mont. have been discovered with the disease since June 2019. The Peace and East Kootenay regions have been targeted as high-risk areas.
The provincial Wildlife Health Program is calling on hunters, especially the Peace region, to bring deer, moose and elk heads to drop-off locations for CWD testing. B.C. will continue testing samples to ensure the Province’s CWD-free status and inform any additional response.
Anyone encountering an animal that exhibits symptoms of CWD (thin, drooling, poor co-ordination, stumbling) should report it to the provincial Wildlife Health Program at 250.751.3219.
Drop-off locations may be found online at: www.gov.bc.ca/chronicwastingdisease.ca