Chronic Wasting Disease
WHO IS HUNTING FOR TOMORROW
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Chronic Wasting Disease
largest conservation group,
Attached is the link to the Alberta Fish and Wildlife
CWD season is upon us yet again. There are NO primary changes for 2011 and the procedures remain as they were in 2010:
General fall programs
We are delivering the surveillance of fall hunter-killed deer much the same as in the past. Surveillance is focused on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border; however, hunter-killed deer (and elk) will be accepted from anywhere in the province (as in previous years). Although CWD continues to expand its distribution, we have retained the same mandatory zone for deer head submission as in 2010. The attached CWD fall communications products outline the program and the designated areas of mandatory submission. Hunters should check the 2011 big game guide closely for changes to hunting opportunities within the CWD risk area. Also, there are 41 locations with 24-hr freezers (map attached). Note that the map used in the 2011 Guide to Hunting Regulations is the 2010 map [before details for 2011 were available) and contains a few discrepancies from the 2011 freezer locations. The "freezer location handout 2011" file below has all the correct information.
FYI, our CWD fall staff start in late Oct and the freezer deployment will be done in the last week of October as the freezer component of the program is designed to support the primary rifle seasons.
In addition, updated information will soon be posted to the F&W disease web pages. Note there is a special section that draws together all the information for hunters. Additional CWD basic information and current status of CWD in Alberta also is provided at the site. http://srd.alberta.ca/FishWildlife/WildlifeDiseases/ChronicWastingDisease/
We also have the CWD hunter page linked in from MyWildAlberta http://www.mywildalberta.com/
Results: Negative CWD test results are conveyed to hunters in their AlbertaRelm message accounts. Only hunters that do not have AlbertaRelm accounts set up will receive hard copy letters by mail. Results are finalized generally within 4-6 weeks. When new results are available, a notification message will appear when the hunter logs into AlbertaRelm. A blank screen means that no results for that animal have been received yet. Hunters will only be able to see results submitted under their own WIN number.
Hunters who submit a head that tests positive for CWD receive a phone call from Fish and Wildlife.
As always, thanks for your efforts and diligence in supporting the CWD programs.
M.J. Pybus PhD
CWD LINKS TO MARCH 2011 INFO
UPDATE January 25, 2011
In particular we draw your attention to the section on
Your involvement is very important.
FISH & WILDLIFE
October 2, 2007
Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance and Deer Hunting Opportunities for 2007
You are encouraged to share the attached information with your members and associates. Copies of this and further information outlining the efforts of Sustainable Resource Development's Fish and Wildlife Division to control CWD are also available on the website www.srd.alberta.ca/fishwildlife/livingwith/diseases/.
Extensive information about how hunters can help control CWD is covered in the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations 2007, pages 27, 65-66 and inside front cover as well.
Hunters are reminded to submit deer heads from Wildlife Management Units along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border from Cold Lake to Medicine Hat. Units immediately adjacent the border require mandatory submission of heads, while WMUs immediately west of those on the border are voluntary submission areas.
Freezers (available 24-hours) for dropping off heads are present throughout these WMUs, plus in Edmonton and Calgary. Maps of freezer locations are posted widely and also are included on our disease web pages.
Hunting opportunities are increased through quota licences in WMUs 234 (at Chauvin/Edgerton), and portions of 150 and 151 (next to Empress). These quota licences are available through the under-subscribed licence system or as landowner licences for local residents.
Hunters will be notified of CWD test results within 6 weeks of submission of deer heads.
Other Important CWD Documents:
CWD DRAW LETTER
CWD FREEZER MAP
CWD HUNTER POSTER
ASRD NEWS RELEASE
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Fish and Wildlife Division will be conducting response programs as part of the ongoing efforts to control chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wildlife management units (WMUs) 150, 151 and 234 during March 2007. There will be opportunities for the public to assist Fish and Wildlife staff in various activities. There are two different types of public opportunities: volunteers and non-volunteers. The following material outlines these opportunities. Volunteer involvement must be restricted to activities with low risks to personal safety in order to ensure SRD Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Risk Management obligations and requirements are fulfilled.
We would appreciate it if you could pass this along to contacts that you have who may be interested. Individuals wishing to participate can fax in the appropriate application in the attached document to 780-422-9557. Participants will be contacted as opportunities are identified by the public assistance program coordinator. The Fish and Wildlife Division sincerely appreciates the assistance of the public in this important wildlife management program.
CWD PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM PDF File 276 KB
FOR ALBERTA HUNTERS IN 2007
ALBERTA TAKES ACTION
ON CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN WILD DEER
CWD UPDATE: January 8, 2007 PDF File: 176 KB
THREE MORE CASES OF CWD FOUND IN
CWD UPDATE FROM ASRD
ALBERTA HUNTERS ASKED TO ASSIST WITH CWD CONTROL EFFORTS
CWD 2006 INFO
HUNTER ASSISTANCE REQUIRED IN CWD AREAS
CWD WRAP UP WINTER 2006
WINTER TESTS FIND
ONE MORE CASE OF CWD
WILD DEER IN ALBERTA
FOUR MORE CASES
OF CWD FOUND IN WILD DEER IN ALBERTA
FEATURE STORY: Chronic Wasting Disease -- Alberta/Saskatchewan 2006 Border Program February 3, 2006 http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/whatsnew/features/060119.html
FACT SHEET ON 2006 CWD
February 3, 2006
UPDATE FOR CWD PAGE February 3, 2006 http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/index.html
FIRST CASE OF CWD FOUND IN WILD FOUND IN WILD DEER KILLED BY HUNTER IN ALBERTA PDF 50 KB: December 9, 2005
NO CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE FOUND IN LATEST CULLED DEER PDF 117 KB: November 4, 2005
CWD FOUND IN TWO MORE WILD DEER IN ALBERTA
CWD FOUND IN WILD DEER IN
CWD: WILDLIFE OFFICERS KILL 486 DEER TO PREVENT THE SPREAD April 6, 2005 PDF: 48 KB
AFGA QUESTIONS DEER CULL
ALBERTA PLANS HUGE DEER CULL
DEER CULL AIMS TO SLOW SPREAD OF WASTING DISEASE
Edmonton Journal: February 25, 2005 PDF: 74 KB
SUPPORT FROM HUNTERS REQUESTED FOR ANNUAL DEER/ELK
CWD ALLIANCE RELEASES
CWD ARTICLES FROM ASRD:
First case of
CWD in a wild deer killed by hunter in Alberta
(December 9, 2005)
No chronic wasting
disease found in latest cull. Nov 10.
Wildlife Disease page and brochures, Nov 10
disease found in a wild deer in Alberta, September 2.
CWD Surveillance program in Alberta
Deer hunters in the south Saskatchewan River and
In WMUS 151 and 234 head collection freezers are located in the following communities:
Empress Jenner Hilda
234 Provost Chauvin Wainwright Lloydminster
In addition to the press
releases and reports listed above,
Your participation in this coalition maximizes our collective efforts.