Chronic Wasting Disease

Alberta hunters play an important role in monitoring for chronic wasting disease, a serious illness that kills members of the deer family.

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Alberta hunters play an important role in monitoring for chronic wasting disease, a serious illness that kills members of the deer family.

The human health risks from chronic wasting disease are extremely low, but certain precautions should be taken.

Alberta has been tracking chronic wasting disease in wild deer for more than 20 years and annually tests at least 6,000 animal heads.

Alberta's chronic wasting disease monitoring program depends on hunters submitting heads of harvested deer for testing.

Reports and other resources on chronic wasting disease.

Chronic wasting disease surveillance programs include surveys of farmed and wild deer and elk.

Submitted deer heads are tested through the chronic wasting disease surveillance program.

The short- and long-term effects of chronic wasting disease on wildlife populations.