Measures are in place to prevent chronic wasting diseases in deer

Deer and elk hunting

Published on September 19, 2023 by In Médias

Quebec is maintaining enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting disease in deer around the breeding farm in the Laurentians, where cases were discovered in 2018. Regulations requiring the collection of samples and the restriction of the movement of certain parts of the anatomy of slaughtered deer remain in force in certain sectors of the Laurentians, Outaouais and Montérégie in 2023.

This map shows the areas of application of measures related to chronic wasting disease in deer. (Photo courtesy)

Any white-tailed deer (adult or fawn) killed within 45 kilometers of where CWD was detected in 2018 (Laurentides Breeding Farm) must be registered at one of the designated stations within that radius. , states the Ministry of the Environment in the fight against climate change, wildlife and parks.

The carcass of the animal at least 12 months old that was hunted within the said radius must be examined by Ministry personnel for evidence of CWD.

The head and spine of white-tailed deer, elk or breeding deer killed less than 45 kilometers from the above location must remain within the area limited by this radius. These anatomical parts must remain in the hunting area where the animal was killed.

Registration, debiting and preparation must always take place within the above-mentioned radius. These travel restrictions are intended to prevent possible spread of the disease to other parts of Quebec.

Review of CWD surveillance in 2022

A total of 769 white-tailed deer and 28 elk were analyzed in the sector represented by the areas of 17 municipalities in the Laurentides and Outaouais regions. No positive cases were found there.

Across the rest of Quebec, 4,555 white-tailed deer and 13 elk were analyzed. All results were negative.

The contact details and opening hours of these stations can be found on the Check-in Stations List page. Online registration for this game is not permitted.

Learn more about CWD

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system that is always fatal for the affected animal. To date, CWD is not considered a disease that can be transmitted to humans. However, Health Canada recommends not consuming or using tissue from an infected animal.

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