Yearly Archives: 2018

Quebec – First case of chronic debilitating disease (CWD) of cervids in Quebec

Animal health

Québec, September 14, 2018 – On September 10, a case of chronic debilitating disease (CWD) of cervids was confirmed in the Laurentides region. This is the first case in Quebec. The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) to determine the possible source of contamination and to prevent the spread of the disease. Measures are currently being taken in Quebec to control any risk associated with the MOC. In addition, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) supports the authorities in the approaches related to public health.

MAPAQ has identified this case as part of the Monitoring Program for MDC in slaughterhouses under inspection. The infected animal was sentenced and its meat was not introduced into the food chain. An investigation is underway at the animal’s original farm. It has been quarantined. The MFFP organizes the analysis of wild cervids around the affected farm and will ask the collaboration of the population and hunters to prevent any spread of the disease among wildlife.

MDC is a disease of the nervous system that can affect deer such as white-tailed deer, moose, elk and red deer. It is caused by abnormal proteins called prions. Unlike bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), which is also a prion disease, MDC is not considered a human-transmissible disease. However, as a precaution, it is not recommended to consume or use the tissues of an affected animal.

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AFWA adopts CWD management best practices document

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Fish and Wildlife Health Committee voted unanimously to adopt the “AFWA Best Management Practices for Prevention, Surveillance, and Management of Chronic Wasting Disease” at our meeting last week in Tampa, Florida.  In addition, the AFWA Directors passed a formal resolution in support of these Best Management Practices.  Copies of the BMPs, the supporting Technical Review document, and the resolution are now available on the AFWA website at:”

More information can be found here:

Edited 24 September 2018: AFWA Technical Report on Best Management Practices for Prevention, Surveillance, and Management of Chronic Wasting Disease

WI – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board approves New Deer Farm Fencing Regulations

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WI DNR Board approves stricter fence regulations

Governor Walker signed the rules into effect September 7, 2018.

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MO – MDC offers free voluntary CWD testing statewide all season

MDC offers free voluntary CWD testing statewide all season

News from the region


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants deer hunters to know that it is offering free chronic-wasting-disease (CWD) sampling and testing of deer harvested anywhere in the state throughout the entire deer hunting season – Sept. 15 through Jan. 15, 2019. The sampling is voluntary and hunters can also get free test results for their deer.

Hunters can have their deer sampled at 11 select MDC offices around the state. Hunters can also take their deer to 64 participating taxidermists and meat processors located in the 48 counties of MDC’s CWD Management Zone. (See map for CWD Management Zone counties.)

Find locations and more information on voluntary CWD sampling at under “Voluntary CWD Sampling All Season.”

MDC asks hunters to Telecheck their deer before taking them to a CWD sampling location. Hunters can bring the entire deer — preferably field dressed — or the head with at least 6 inches of the neck in place. Heads that have the cape removed for taxidermy can also be sampled.

CWD test results can take up to four weeks from the time of sample submission. Hunters can get test results for their CWD-sampled deer online at

Mandatory CWD Sampling Nov. 10 and 11 in 31 counties

MDC will again conduct mandatory CWD sampling in 31 of the 48 counties of its CWD Management Zone during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season, Nov. 10 and 11. The counties include new ones added to the CWD Management Zone, counties with previous CWD positives, and counties very near previous positives.

The 31 counties for mandatory CWD sampling are: Adair, Barry, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Cedar, Cole, Crawford, Franklin, Grundy, Hickory, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Macon, Madison, McDonald, Mercer, Moniteau, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, and Washington.

Hunters who harvest deer from these counties Nov. 10 or 11 must take their deer — or the head with at least 6 inches of the neck in place — on the day of harvest to one of 61 MDC CWD mandatory sampling stations. Deer may be presented at any mandatory sampling station.

Find locations for mandatory CWD sampling at under “Mandatory CWD Sampling Nov. 10-11.”

WY – CWD found in new elk hunt area near Meeteetse

8/28/2018 1:01:26 PM

Cheyenne – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department confirmed a bull elk harvested by a hunter tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Elk Hunt Area 66. The elk was killed northeast of Meeteetse and this is the first time CWD has been found in this elk hunt area.

To ensure that hunters are informed, Game and Fish has the practice of announcing when CWD is found in a new hunt area. Additionally, Game and Fish follows the human health recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, which state that hunters should strongly consider having their elk, deer and moose tested if harvested in an area where CWD is known to occur, and not consume any animal that is obviously ill or tests positive for CWD.

Elk Hunt Area 66 is quite close to Elk Hunt Area 48 where CWD was first documented last year. Additionally, Game and Fish has previously confirmed CWD in deer in the deer hunt areas that overlap with this elk hunt area. A map of CWD endemic areas is available on the Game and Fish website.

Last year, Game and Fish personnel tested 3,351 CWD samples throughout the state, a significant increase from past years and continues to evaluates the new recommendations for trying to manage the disease.

Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and regulations on transportation and disposal of carcasses.

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department – 307-777-4600)

– WGFD –

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