Ontario Updating CWD Plan as Cases Draw Closer

Ontario Updating CWD Plan as Cases Draw Closer

Created: June 10, 2019 05:42 PM

With chronic wasting disease getting closer to Ontario, officials are revising a plan to keep the deadly deer disease out.

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The provincial government has revised its CWD Surveillance and Response Plan and is also considering changes to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.  A 45-day comment period on the changes began Monday.

The plan can be read at

Among other things, the plan calls for taking proactive measures to prevent CWD from entering Ontario, rapidly responding to CWD detection when and where necessary, and increasing public awareness.

"We are committed to maintaining sustainable wildlife populations and supporting an industry that creates jobs and makes an important economic contribution to our province," said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, in a news release. "While the disease has not been detected in Ontario, we believe an enhanced CWD prevention program will help protect the province's wildlife from this fatal disease."

CWD was recently found in Quebec near the Ontario border and also in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and other states bordering Ontario. The Ministry of Naural Resouces and Forestry has tested more than 12,000 wild deer and elk for CWD since 2002 and all results have been negative.

The disease can also infect moose and caribou.

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