From: TSS ()
Subject: Increase of chronic-wasting in wild deer in Alberta & Saskatchewan
Date: January 16, 2007 at 8:45 am PST
Increase of chronic-wasting in wild deer in Alberta & Saskatchewan
Jan, 15 2007 - 3:30 PM
EDMONTON - More cases of deadly chronic-wasting disease in wild deer are showing up in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Saskatchewan officials say already 30 deer shot by hunters this fall have tested positive for the fatal disease.
In Alberta, there have been four cases since the fall in areas near the Saskatchewan boundary.
Officials in both provinces report some of the cases are showing up in new areas - a finding that suggests the disease may be spreading.
Scientists and wildlife officials are working to contain the disease before it ravages the deer population and jumps to other species, such as caribou.
Tests on about 450 white-tailed deer shot this fall in northwestern Ontario have so far come back negative. (BN, ccg)
CWD Sample Totals
Total Heads Submitted: 4280
As of January 9, 2007, hunters have turned in 1717 heads from white-tailed deer; 2447 heads from mule deer and 116 elk heads to test for CWD.
Total Head Tested:
So far 2821 heads have been tested with 26 confirmed positive results for CWD.
Monthly and Cumulative CWD Testing Totals in 2006
*Antelope, reindeer, moose
**All results are negative, except for four wild mule deer detected in February 2006, one wild mule deer detected in March 2006, two wild mule deer detected in April 2006 and three wild mule deer confirmed by the CFIA detected in April 2006; TOTAL = 10 (9 cases from Alberta and 1 from Saskatchewan during the winter programs).