Chronic Wasting Disease

Help Prevent Chronic Wasting Disease from Infecting B.C. Deer

B.C. wildlife biologists are calling on hunters in the Peace and East Kootenay to help help monitor chronic wasting disease, a deadly infection that affects the central nervous of cervids - members of the deer family. 

The disease is widespread in Alberta and is moving west toward the B.C. border, although biologists have yet to find an infected animal in this province. The disease is transmitted through infected saliva, urine, feces - even water and soil. Signs of infection in deer include weight loss, poor coordination, stumbling and trembling.

To help, hunters simply bring deer, moose and elk heads to drop off location (below) for testing.  Meanwhile, anyone encountering a sick deer exhibiting the symptoms of chronic wasting disease (thin, drooling, poor coordination, stumbling) should report it to the provincial wildlife health program.

Drop off locations across B.C.

Any B.C. Wildlife or Conservation Officer Service office (during business hours).

Additional locations in high risk areas:

Peace Region

  • North Peace Rod and Gun Club, Fort St John
  • Peace Taxidermy, Hwy 29
  • Richard's Meat, Pouce Coupe

Kootenay Region

  • Gwinner's Country Butcher, Kimberley
  • Rick’s Fine Meats, Cranbrook
  • Wes's Country Meats, Fernie

While it’s similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy - the so-called mad cow disease - chronic wasting disease cannot be transmitted to humans.

Contact Information

Contact RAPP at 1 877 952-7277 for wildlife health emergencies or human wildlife interactions where public safety may be at risk.

All other inquiries can be directed to the Wildlife Health Program.

Telephone: 250 751-3234
250 751-3219
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