Chronic Wasting Disease Information for Hunters
Hunters are encouraged to test their harvested cervid such as deer, elk, moose and caribou for CWD. Do not eat or distribute for human consumption the meat or other parts from animals that have not been tested, or that are found to be CWD-infected.
The fresh or frozen head of the harvested cervid can be dropped off at a Ministry of Environment field office, with results available in two to eight weeks. There will be no charge for the testing. If you would like to submit a head for CWD testing during the 2017 hunting season, get a unique CWD tracking number, using the new Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative/Government of Saskatchewan submission. Drop-off is available at these locations between September 1 and January 15. For submissions between January 16 and August 31, hunters can drop heads off directly at:
Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC)
Prairie Diagnostics Services (PDS)
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 5B4
Submit a head for CWD testing
If a cervid is found positive for CWD, the meat and other parts should be double bagged and taken to an approved 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 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.
Hunters can help slow the spread of CWD by not introducing the disease 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 an approved landfill. For more information, contact your local Ministry of Environment office.
Further information for hunters on CWD can be found in the Saskatchewan Hunters’ and Trappers Guide and the Hunters section of the CWD Alliance website. Videos are also available.
You will find an overview of chronic wasting disease in Saskatchewan here.