Area deer hunters are being asked to help the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to submit samples from deer harvested in Eastern Ontario near the Québec border.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently confirmed in a captive red deer in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec, just across the interprovincial boundary from Hawkesbury.
This fatal, untreatable disease of the central nervous system affects members of the deer family, including white-tailed deer, elk, moose, and caribou.
There's no evidence the disease is in Ontario, but it's important to be vigilant, stressed the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.
Visit www.ontario.ca/cwd for more information on the testing program.
CWD symptoms include loss of body weight and body condition, abnormal behaviour, such as indifference to human activity, tremors, stumbling, lack of coordination or paralysis.
If you see a wild animal showing signs of CWD, report it to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at 1-866-673-4781 or Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-667-1940.