Alberta has recorded two more cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild deer after hunters recently turned in the heads for testing. This brings the total to 15 cases of CWD confirmed in wild deer in Alberta since the first case in September 2005.
The two new cases involve deer harvested during the recent hunting season in areas monitored for CWD. A male mule deer from wildlife management unit (WMU) 151 along the Red Deer River tested positive. As well, a female mule deer was taken in WMU 234, west of Edgerton. The first case was near previously known cases; the second case occurred in a high-risk area next to a part of Saskatchewan where positive wild and farmed deer have been found. These latest cases were confirmed December 8.
A total of 914 deer heads have been sampled from the 2006 hunting season to December 8 and testing continues on the remaining heads.
Hunters are reminded that submission of deer heads is a requirement in five wildlife management units along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. These include WMU 150, 151, 234, 256, and 500. Any heads taken in these areas and kept frozen since the animal was shot can still be dropped off at a Fish and Wildlife office or at one of the 24-hour freezers.
View map of new positives.