Wildlife diseases

Avian influenza, chronic wasting disease, whirling disease, and other parasites and diseases that can occur in wildlife in Alberta.


Ongoing surveillance for avian influenza virus in wild birds, which can spread to domestic birds and poultry.

The prevalence of diseases in Alberta's bat population is extremely low and any risks to humans can be easily avoided.

Alberta is monitoring bighorn sheep for evidence of disease.

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

West Nile virus is present in wild bird species each summer, particularly in southeastern Alberta.

Whirling disease is a disease of salmonid fish that has infected some trout and whitefish populations in Alberta.

Information and factsheets about common diseases and parasites in fish and wildlife in Alberta.

Government programs monitor and manage bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis in wood bison in and around Wood Buffalo National Park.