Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a serious issue affecting Saskatchewan’s wild deer, elk and moose populations. This fatal deer version of “mad cow disease” emerged in a research facility in Colorado in the 1960s. Over the next decades, schemes to exploit ‘captive wildlife’ for profit were legalized. Deer and elk—and their diseases—were transported across the continent. CWD eventually spread from captive herds in game farms to wild populations.
- Click here for an instructional video on removing samples from your deer for CWD testing.
- The feature length documentary “No Accident” will investigate the causes and the effects of the lethal CWD epidemic in North America. For more information about the film, go to www.noaccidentfilm.com.
- Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment – CWD information page.
- Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation – CWD press release.