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Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease Information for Hunters

CWD Surveillance Program 2019-20

We are in the process of updating information related to the CWD surveillance program for fall of 2019-20. For CWD testing availability in your region, please check back for updates ahead of the hunting season. The Ministry is considering options for CWD surveillance that would align with long-term management goals and provide an assessment of prevalence and distribution that is required to inform risk to big game species across the province.

What if my animal is found to be CWD positive?

If a cervid is found positive for CWD, the meat and other parts should be double bagged and taken to a permitted landfill to prevent consumption by animals and minimize environmental contamination with the CWD prion.

Hunters should take precautions when field dressing, transporting and processing harvested cervids. Precautions when field dressing should include:

  • wearing latex or rubber gloves;
  • deboning the meat from the animal;
  • minimizing the handling of the brain and spinal cord tissues; and
  • washing hands and equipment thoroughly after field dressing is completed. 

What can hunters do?

  • Keep hunting.
  • Avoid long-distance movements with your deer carcass.
  • Handle and dispose of your carcass in a responsible manner.
  • If you hunt out of province, only bring back low-risk parts (deboned meat, cleaned skull plate, antlers, finished taxidermy mount).
  • Stay up to date on the latest hunting regulations.

Hunters can help reduce the spread of CWD to new areas of the province. Carcasses should be field dressed and deboned at the harvest location or, if dressing/deboning at another site, transported no more than 100 km.

If a carcass must be transported farther, all carcass waste should be double-bagged and deposited at a permitted landfill. For more information, contact your local Ministry of Environment office.

Informational videos on CWD can be found on the CWD Alliance website.

Read the Overview of Chronic Wasting Disease in Saskatchewan.

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