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 select locations for testing. Meanwhile, anyone encountering a sick or dead dear should report it to the provincial wildlife health program.
While it’s similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy - the so-called mad cow disease - chronic wasting disease cannot be transmitted to humans.