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The Chronic Wasting Disease Information Page
has been added as a HFTF Special Webpage to help keep those interested better informed of current and past documentation on the subject.

Alberta’s largest conservation group,
the Alberta Fish & Game Association (AFGA), is reminding deer  hunters to help in reducing the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild deer in the province.

 

Attached is the link to the Alberta Fish and Wildlife web-site regarding
Chronic Wasting Disease and it's impact in Alberta. 

http://www.srd.gov.ab.ca

 

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CWD UPDATE

October 2011

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
Provincial Wildlife Disease Specialist
Fish and Wildlife Division
780-427-3462 (off), 780-422-9685 (fx)

 

CWD POSTER
PDF File 2.2MB

 

CWD SURVEILLANCE
PDF File 970KB

 

CWD FREEZER LOCATIONS
PDF File
140KB

 

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CWD LINKS TO MARCH 2011 INFO

 

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CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE (CWD)

Surveillance Update

March 23, 2011

 

All heads of deer and elk received to date from the fall hunting seasons have been tested, although a few heads continue to dribble into the lab. Herein we provide the summary of the 2010 fall surveillance.

However, the ongoing CWD Surveillance Program will continue to test heads whenever they are received throughout the year.

 

From September 1, 2010 to March 23, 2011 we tested 5062 heads (primarily deer heads) and detected nineteen (0.4%) new cases of CWD in wild deer in Alberta. 

  • Seventeen of the positive deer were mule deer: twelve males, five females
  • The two remaining positive deer were white-tail males
  • All positive deer were harvested by hunters and were in very good to excellent body condition.
  • All but one positive deer were adults.  The remaining positive deer was a yearling in the early stages of infection.
  • Many of the infected deer were near previous known CWD cases, largely in the Battle River and Ribstone Creek drainages in the north and the Red Deer River drainage in the south.
  • A cluster of infected deer was found north and west of Dinosaur Provincial Park in WMU 152 – a significant extension of the disease westward along the Red Deer River.
  • Of particular significance, the positive yearling mule deer buck was the first case of CWD found in the North Saskatchewan River valley in Alberta. This is strong evidence of recent expansion of the disease into or within the valley.
  • As anticipated, additional infected deer were found in CFB Wainwright in association with the Battle River valley.
  • The 19 new hunter-kill cases are in addition to the road-kill case found in February 2010, thus the annual total for 2010 is 20 cases.
  • Ongoing NEGATIVE test results were posted to AlbertaRelm and made available to individual hunters. To date, approximately 50% of the test results have been read by the hunter.
     
  • Ongoing POSITIVE test results were provided by phone directly to the hunter who harvested the infected deer.
  • As in previous years, hunters who harvest a CWD-infected deer were given the options of
     
    • keeping the meat
       
    • turning in the meat and receiving a replacement licence for this year (if the season was still open where the infected deer was harvested)
       
    • turning in the meat and receiving a replacement licence for next year for the same species and location as the infected deer
  • The total number of CWD cases detected in wild deer in Alberta since September 2005 is 94.
  • As part of the ongoing provincial surveillance program, we also are testing a random sample of emaciated cervids associated with severe winter conditions occurring in various parts of Alberta

 

To learn more about CWD Surveillance in Alberta, see:

 

For past CWD surveillance results and a general timeline of CWD in Alberta, see:

·        CWD History in Alberta
http://www.srduat.gov.ab.ca/BioDiversityStewardship/WildlifeDiseases/ChronicWastingDisease/CWDUpdates/CWDHistoryinAlberta.aspx


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Attention Hunters!
 

If you have frozen deer heads that you would like to submit to the ongoing CWD surveillance program, please drop them off at any Fish and Wildlife office during regular office hours. For more details, see:

 

·         Chronic Wasting Disease – Information for Hunters
http://srd.alberta.ca/FishingHuntingTrapping/Hunting/ChronicWastingDisease-InformationForHunters.aspx   

 

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CWD LINKS TO MARCH 2011 INFO

 

 

 

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CWD UPDATE January 25, 2011
http://srd.alberta.ca/BioDiversityStewardship/WildlifeDiseases/ChronicWastingDisease/CWDUpdates/Default.aspx

 

In particular we draw your attention to the section on Hunter Participation
Obviously, the more samples collected through the hunting season,
the less likelihood of a post season cull being required. 

Your involvement is very important.

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/CWD_backgrounder_REVISED1.pdf

 

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ALBERTA'S CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE RESPONSE PROGRAM 
March, 2007
PDF: 388 KB

 

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FISH & WILDLIFE
CWD INFORMATION

FROM SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT TO STAKEHOLDERS

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:

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ...
ADDED DEER HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2007
CWD CONTROL AREAS

PDF File: 820 KB

CWD DRAW LETTER
PDF File: 108 KB

CWD FREEZER MAP
PDF File: 650 KB

CWD HUNTER POSTER
PDF File: 275 KB

 

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ASRD NEWS RELEASE
March 6, 2007

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

 

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CWD ARTICLES:

CWD UPDATE: January 8, 2007 PDF File: 176 KB

THREE MORE CASES OF CWD FOUND IN WILD DEER
December 21, 2006 PDF File: 85 KB

CWD UPDATE FROM ASRD
September 21, 2006 PDF File: 121 KB

ALBERTA HUNTERS ASKED TO ASSIST WITH CWD CONTROL EFFORTS
November 6, 2006 PDF File: 103 KB

CWD 2006 INFO
September 15, 2006 PDF File: 367 KB

HUNTER ASSISTANCE REQUIRED IN CWD AREAS (Poster)
September 8, 2006 PDF File: 1.05 MB

CWD WRAP UP WINTER 2006
April 18, 2006 PDF File: 53 KB

WINTER TESTS FIND ONE MORE CASE OF CWD ALBERTA IN WILD DEER IN ALBERTA
PDF File 200 KB: March 3, 2006

FOUR MORE CASES OF CWD FOUND IN WILD DEER IN ALBERTA
Alberta Taking Aggressive Approach to Prevent the Fuirther Spread of CWD in Wild Deer

PDF File 191 KB: February 17, 2006

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 BORDER PROGRAM February 3, 2006
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/pdf/AB_Sask_2006_border_program_factsheet.pdf

UPDATE FOR CWD PAGE February 3, 2006 http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/index.html

AFGA & CWD PRESS RELEASE
PDF 89 KB: October 12, 2005

CWD SURVEILLANCE 2005 BROCHURE
PDF 252 KB  October 7, 2005

CWD  FOUND IN TWO MORE WILD DEER IN ALBERTA 
PDF File 79 KB: October 3, 2005

CWD FOUND IN WILD DEER IN ALBERTA
PDF File 131 KB: September 2, 2005

AFGA QUESTIONS DEER CULL
March 14, 2005 PDF: 138KB

ALBERTA PLANS HUGE DEER CULL
Edmonton Sun:
February 25, 2005 PDF: 135KB

DEER CULL AIMS TO SLOW SPREAD OF WASTING DISEASE
Saskatchewan Wild Deer Herds Already Infected
Edmonton Journal: February 25, 2005 PDF: 74 KB

BACKGROUNDER:
SUPPORT FROM HUNTERS REQUESTED FOR ANNUAL DEER/ELK DISEASE SURVEY

October 14, 2004 PDF File: 81 KB

CWD ALLIANCE RELEASES INSTRUCTIONAL DVD
September 21, 2004 PDF File: 80 KB

Chronic Wasting Disease: An Alberta Perspective in the fall of 2002
MJ Pybus
PhD, Wildlife Disease Specialist
Fish and Wildlife Division, Edmonton

Survey Information for 2003 Wild Deer & Elk
CWD Brochure
PDF File: 767KB
CWD Surveillance Monitoring Program PDF File: 531 KB 
Hunter Handout PDF File: 1.86 MB

Fact About CWD
Let's Go Hunting (Part I)  PDF File: 396 KB
Let's Go Hunting (Part II)
PDF File: 381KB

Website Information
www.cwd-info.org
or  http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/index.html

 

CWD ARTICLES FROM ASRD:

Chronic Wasting Disease--background brochure on nature of disease, surveillance and action

Attention Deer Hunters poster

Map handout

Deer hunting opportunities in southeast Alberta

Alberta’s chronic wasting disease management programs in 2006 and upcoming surveillance

Prizes go to hunters who submitted deer heads

Background report---CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE- 2003 COLLECTION PROGRAM FINAL REPORT

Alberta hunters asked to assist with CWD control efforts September 15, 2006

Winter efforts to control CWD in wild deer in Alberta wrap up

Winter tests find one more case

Four more cases of CWD found in wild deer in Alberta

First hunter-killed deer recorded with CWD

No CWD found in latest cull

Related wild cases

First wild case

First case of CWD in a wild deer killed by hunter in Alberta (December 9, 2005)
http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200512/191861191E601-D15D-DB6A-FEB16D6C0EF136A7.html

No chronic wasting disease found in latest cull. Nov 10.
http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200511/190235C2532C9-93C6-1F00-0E1A782D8E891BE9.html

Updated Chronic Wildlife Disease page and brochures, Nov 10
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/index.html

Chronic Wasting Disease brochure -- background, nature of disease,
surveillance, action. Nov 10

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/CWD_Brochure.pdf

Updated map brochure. Nov 10

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/map_brochure_2005.pdf

Updated map handout. Nov 10
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/Hunter_area_map.pdf


Chronic wasting disease found in two more wild deer in Alberta, October 3.
http://www2.gov.ab.ca/acn/200510/18840C10A54A7-951A-46E4-82DEF28FAAF1FC5E.html

Chronic wasting disease found in a wild deer in Alberta, September 2.
http://www2.gov.ab.ca/acn/200509/18691EC475BC0-3BF2-4E88-9AB05F1848BB9189.html

Hunting News:
Chronic wasting disease found in wild deer in Alberta
Wabamun Lake waterfowl advisory

http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/hunting/huntnews.html


Updates on Chronic Wasting Disease website
(News Releases, Maps, Surveillance program)
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/index.html

Provincial Map
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/Provincial_view.pdf

Large scale map
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseased/CWD/pdf/Oyen_Surveillance_Area_2005_December_basic.pdf

CWD Surveillance program in Alberta
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/CWDsurveillance.html

Including:
map brochure
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/map_brochure_2005.pdf
poster for hunters
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/CWD_Heads_elk_Deer.pdf
provincial map
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/Provincial.pdf
General positive location map
http://www3.gov.ab.ca/srd/fw/diseases/CWD/pdf/General_positive_locations.pdf

 

Deer hunters in the south Saskatchewan River and Red Deer River systems are asked to turn their deer heads in to provincial wildlife officers.

 

In  WMUS   151 and 234 head collection freezers are located in the following communities:

                151       Empress           Jenner               Hilda                 Oyen                Medicine Hat

                  234       Provost             Chauvin             Wainwright        Lloydminster

 

Give this the widest distribution possible including the general public.
Help STOP the spread of CWD!

 

 

In addition to the press releases and reports listed above,
an excellent source of information is available at the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources listed here:

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/whealth/issues/CWD/

 

 

Your participation in this coalition maximizes our collective efforts.
Contact us to find out how you may become involved.