Preventing CWD in B.C.
Given that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been detected in B.C., we have an opportunity to be proactive and to protect B.C. cervids by preventing CWD from establishing in the province. The B.C. CWD Program (initiated in 2002) is founded on prevention, surveillance and response planning.
On this page:
- Surveillance and preventing CWD
- Human activities that increase CWD risk
- Report sick animals
- Submit a head for testing
Surveillance is a critical component of disease prevention and management. Surveillance is required to confirm B.C.’s CWD status, to detect the disease as soon as possible and to provide information that will inform the response to a positive diagnosis in B.C.
Be part of the solution by:
- Learning about the risks of CWD and human interaction
- Following recommendations and regulations
- Reporting sick animals and;
- Submitting harvested deer, elk and moose heads for testing
There are human activities that increase the risk of CWD in B.C.
These activities include:
- Transporting infected carcasses from areas affected by CWD into B.C.
- Cervid based products (scents) can contain CWD prions which could end up in the environment.
- Hay and feed materials imported from areas affected by CWD can also contain CWD prions
There are regulations and recommendations outlined in the B.C. Hunting Regulations that were created to reduce the risk of CWD entry to B.C.
Whether you are in the backcountry or in your backyard, you can help. If you see a deer, elk, moose or caribou exhibiting any of these symptoms: weight loss, drooling, poor coordination, stumbling, generally sick with no obvious reason, please report to the 24/7 Report All Poachers and Polluters Line (1-877-952-7277) or the B.C. Wildlife Health Program.
If the disease does enter B.C., detecting it as early as possible will improve chances of containing and managing it. Hunters are encouraged to submit any deer, elk or moose head for CWD testing. This is voluntary in most parts of B.C. but is mandatory, as a condition of the general hunting licence, for all white-tailed deer and mule deer harvested September 1st, 2021 to December 20th, 2021 in Management Units 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7 and 4-23.
The B.C. Wildlife Health Program recognizes the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the CWD Program in B.C