CWD regulations in Alberta

Due to the regular amending of regulations in Alberta, it is recommended that before hunting you check these CWD regulations, as well as those of any other states or provinces in which you will be hunting or traveling through while transporting cervid carcasses. The contact information for Alberta can be seen below:

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  • We are making good progress on testing the heads submitted during the 2015/16 hunting seasons. But we still have about 900 yet to do. To date we have test results from 3921 heads and detected CWD in 74 deer (68 mule deer, 6 white-tailed deer;

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  • Hunters continue to play important role in disease surveillance

    Twelve new cases of chronic wasting disease have been identified in wild deer as a result of Alberta’s fall surveillance program. Hunters have submitted more than 4,800 wild deer heads for testing since September 1, 2009.

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  • The chronic wasting disease 2008 fall hunter surveillance program is winding down. As of January 7, 2009, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development lab has completed tests on just over 3,000 heads. Individual hunters are notified of negative results when they are available through the Alberta

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  • EDMONTON - Twenty-four more cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in Alberta's wild deer, the Sustainable Resource Development of Alberta announced Tuesday.

    The results, from a 2007-2008 testing program, bring the province's count of the disease up to 53 cases.

    CWD affects the central

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  • Further efforts planned to maintain pressure against the disease.

    Edmonton... Twenty-four new cases of chronic wasting disease have been detected in wild deer along the Saskatchewan border, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 53.

    Alberta government staff recently held public meetings in

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Alberta Hunters Asked to Assist With CWD Control Efforts

Edmonton… The Alberta government is asking deer hunters for their help in reducing the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild deer in the province. Beginning this season, hunters are required to submit the heads of all deer harvested in key areas along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and to voluntarily submit them in others. Additional deer licences are available in specific locations to help reduce deer populations.

As part of Alberta’s CWD management efforts, the province will test all deer harvested in wildlife management units 150, 151, 234, 256 and 500 for the presence of the disease. The data will provide critical information about the distribution of the disease along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. Hunters are asked for their co-operation with the new mandatory requirement to submit the heads of deer taken in these areas.

To detect potential spread of the disease beyond these key areas, hunters are also encouraged to voluntarily submit the heads of deer harvested in wildlife management units 144, 148, 152, 162, 200, 202, 203, 232, 236 and 238. Hunters will be notified of test results within six weeks.

To reduce deer densities in known risk areas, increased deer hunting opportunities are available within portions of wildlife management units 150, 151 and 234. CWD quota licences for all interested resident hunters are being made available through the Hunting Draws process for undersubscribed special licences. In addition, area landowners or their immediate family can apply for these licences through local Fish and Wildlife offices of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development – similar to existing landowner licence approvals.

Three tags are issued with each CWD quota licence. The first two tags are valid for two antlerless deer (either mule deer or white-tailed deer). The third tag can be used for any deer, but is not valid until the heads from the first two deer have been submitted to a Fish and Wildlife office. Licences cost $9 plus GST.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease of deer and elk. Ongoing surveillance of wild deer and elk in Alberta began in 1998. Until the first case was discovered in a wild deer in Alberta in September 2005, more than 6,000 wild deer and elk samples had tested negative for the presence of the disease. To date, there are 13 confirmed cases in wild deer, only one of which was shot by a recreational hunter. Current data indicate CWD is limited to a small geographic area along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border near Empress.

For more information about Alberta’s CWD control and surveillance efforts, visit or contact your local Fish and Wildlife office.

Wasting Disease Found in More Alberta Deer

Alberta has documented another four cases of chronic wasting disease in wild deer near the Alberta-Saskatchwan boundary.

This brings the total of the number of deer with confirmed cases of the disease in the province to eight since the first case was discovered last September.

The federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the province’s latest findings this week.

The latest cases were discovered near Acadia Valley and Empress, near the Saskatchewan boundary just northeast of Medicine Hat.

They were in the same area as the other four cases. Alberta’s first case of the disease in wild deer was discovered last September about 30 kilometres southeast of Oyen.

The latest four were discovered as a result of disease-control measures that rounded up and tested 837 wild deer in southeast Alberta.

There have been over 100 reported cases of the disease in wild deer in Saskatchewan.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the nervous system of the animals in such a way they cannot maintain weight. As a result, they slowly waste away.

It is caused by a particle of protein, called a prion, becoming deformed and hindering the body’s ability to grow or regenerate itself.

It is related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, another disease caused by deformed prions which affect the brains of cattle.

There is no scientific evidence it can affect humans. However, as a precaution, the World Health Organization advises against allowing products from animals known to be infected with any prion disease into the human food system.

The disease is known to infect wild mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer as well as game farm animals.

It was first discovered in Alberta in March 2002 in farmed elk. It was identified in farmed deer in November of that year.

The province is taking disease-control actions based on recommendations of an International Expert Scientific Panel on chronic wasting disease and guided by Canada’s National CWD Control Strategy.

Local deer culls to eliminate new areas of infection and population reduction in high-risk areas are the recommended actions to control and prevent the spread of the disease.

“Alberta considers chronic wasting disease a serious environmental and economic threat and will continue to take swift and immediate action to prevent further spread,” said Sustainable Resources Minister David. “We will modify and enhance our management programs as new information on the disease is made available.”

First Case of CWD Found in Wild Deer Killed by Hunter in Alberta

Edmonton – Alberta has recorded its first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer killed by a hunter in the province. This brings the total to four cases of CWD confirmed in wild deer in Alberta. The federal Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed this latest case December 9.

The hunter-killed mule deer was harvested in Township 21 Range 1 W4, about 15 km south of Empress during the regular hunting season in wildlife management unit (WMU) 150, along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. Alberta recently established three quota hunts to enlist hunters to help limit the potential spread of CWD. Quota hunts continue until December 20, but are only one of a number of actions the province is taking to combat the disease.

Alberta made a commitment to contact all those hunters who submit deer heads for CWD testing along with their contact information. These hunters are notified whether deer samples test positive or negative for the disease.

Alberta’s first case of CWD in wild deer was found in September about 30 kilometres southeast of Oyen, near the Saskatchewan border. Alberta Sustainable Resource Development staff, with the co-operation of landowners and residents, then collected a total of 162 wild deer in the same area in September and October and found two additional infected deer. Alberta will continue to use various methods to reduce deer populations in areas where the disease is found. The province considers CWD to be a serious threat to wild deer populations.

Chronic wasting disease is a nervous system disease; infected animals cannot maintain weight and slowly waste away. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that CWD can affect humans. As a precaution, the World Health Organization advises against allowing products from animals known to be infected with any prion disease into the human food system. There are over 80 known cases of CWD in wild deer in Saskatchewan.

Chronic Wasting Disease Update

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed two additional cases of chronic wasting disease in two wild mule deer found about 30 kilometres southeast of Oyen, Alberta. These deer were 2 out of 133 deer collected in response to the first case of CWD found in the wild and confirmed September 2.

Prior to these cases, no trace of CWD had been found in more than 6,000 wild deer and elk tested since 1996.


Chronic Wasting Disease Found in a Wild Deer in Alberta

Alberta’s ongoing chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance effort has identified the disease in a wild mule deer about 30 kilometres southeast of Oyen, Alberta. The case was confirmed today by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

A member of the public observed a very thin deer, which was subsequently collected by a Fish and Wildlife officer from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Before this case, there have been three cases of CWD found in game-farmed animals in Alberta, and in Saskatchewan 68 cases in wild deer and a significant number of elk found on game farms.

“This is an unfortunate finding in our wild deer population, but we are ready with a comprehensive approach to limit the spread,” stated Minister David Coutts. “As we have been doing all the way along in managing for CWD, we will be working closely with other departments and agencies, as well as the public and our stakeholders, in a response to this occurrence.”

Although this is a serious disease for Alberta’s wild deer, and needs to be dealt with promptly, there is no known health risk for humans. Fish and Wildlife staff will meet with local residents to ensure they are fully informed while a step-by-step approach is taken to dealing with this new information. A limited collection of up to 50 deer in the immediate vicinity of the infected deer is planned for late September or early October.

Surveillance for chronic wasting disease in wild deer and elk in Alberta has been ongoing for almost 10 years, with hunter samples being submitted over the past seven hunting seasons and special collections in areas of particular concern. About 6,000 wild deer and elk from Alberta have been tested for the disease with no trace being found before this case. Alberta continues to be proactive in trying to manage CWD and is working with other provinces and the federal government to develop a national chronic wasting disease strategy and action plan.

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Media enquiries may be directed to:

Dave Ealey Communications Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Edmonton (780) 427-8636

Dr. Margo Pybus Fish and Wildlife Division Alberta Sustainable Resource Development Edmonton (780) 427-3462

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000