If you are conducting business with the Government of Saskatchewan by mail, please be advised that delivery may be delayed due to rotating postal strikes. Various measures are in place to ensure service to Saskatchewan residents and businesses during postal strike action.

Google Translate Disclaimer

A number of pages on the Government of Saskatchewan`s web site have been professionally translated in French. These translations are identified by a yellow text box that resembles the link below and can be found in the right hand rail of the page. The home page for French-language content on this site can be found here:

Renseignements en Français

Where an official translation is not available, Google™ Translate can be used. Google™ Translate is a free online language translation service that can translate text and web pages into different languages. Translations are made available to increase access to Government of Saskatchewan content for populations whose first language is not English.

The results of software-based translation do not approach the fluency of a native speaker or possess the skill of a professional translator. The translation should not be considered exact, and may include incorrect or offensive language Government of Saskatchewan does not warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information translated by this system. Some files or items cannot be translated, including graphs, photos, and other file formats such as portable document formats (PDFs).

Any person or entities that rely on information obtained from the system does so at his or her own risk. Government of Saskatchewan is not responsible for any damage or issues that may possibly result from using translated website content. If you have any questions about Google™ Translate, please visit: Google™ Translate FAQs.

New Case Of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected Near Melfort

Released on November 7, 2018

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been discovered in a new wildlife management zone, meaning the disease has now been confirmed in 45 of Saskatchewan’s 83 wildlife management zones.  Thirty-four cases of CWD have been identified in the province this year.

The new case involved a 3½ year-old elk bull in zone 42E, south of Melfort, that was submitted as part of the ministry’s voluntary CWD surveillance program.

“Hunters play a key role in helping identify the presence and spread of chronic wasting disease in Saskatchewan,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “The information collected through the submission of heads is vital to understanding how the disease is impacting wildlife populations in the province and efforts that can be taken to slow the spread of the disease.”

CWD is a fatal nervous system disease that affects members of the deer family, including deer, elk, moose and caribou.  The disease, which was first discovered in 2000, threatens populations of these species.  Research suggests that CWD impacts in some areas are resulting in decreased survival and population decline in mule deer.

The disease has not been detected in humans.  However, it is recommended that people do not consume meat from animals that are known to be infected.

The Ministry of Environment encourages hunters to continue submitting heads from deer, elk, moose, and caribou for free testing.  Prior to submitting a head for testing, visit the Canadian Wildlife Health Co-operative/Government of Saskatchewan site at www.cwdsk.ca to complete the form and receive a tracking number.

“The information obtained from the voluntary testing program is critical to evaluating the spread of CWD and guiding our management strategies,” Ministry of Environment Wildlife Health Specialist Dr. Iga Stasiak said.  “Hunters are encouraged to register online before taking their cervid heads to any Ministry of Environment field office.  There is no charge for testing and you will get your results in two to eight weeks.”

For more information on the CWD surveillance program or instructions on submitting a sample, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/cwd or www.cwdsk.ca.

-30-

For more information, contact:

Jamie Gibson
Environment
Regina
Phone: 306-798-3900
Email: jamie.gibson@gov.sk.ca

We need your feedback to improve saskatchewan.ca. Help us improve