Chronic wasting disease 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 a zone south of Melfort, that was submitted as part of the ministry’s voluntary CWD surveillance program.
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.