Publications

CWD program review 2012

Description

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an invasive alien prion agent that recently arrived in eastern Alberta. The prion causes fatal infections in cervids and significantly alters the population structure and viability of local deer herds. There is no natural barrier to further spread, no treatment to eliminate infections, and no feasible live animal test to identify infected deer. CWD has significant environmental, social, and economic effects by altering major ecosystem structure and function, as well as decreasing recreational harvest and guiding/outfitting activity. Alberta was proactive in looking for occurrence of CWD and initially proactive in responding once it was found. Current programs focus on monitoring the ongoing geographic spread and numerical increase in eastern deer populations. Hunter harvest is the primary tool to find infected deer. Population reduction is the only known tool to manage CWD in wild deer.

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chronic wasting disease cwd deer

Title and publication information

Type
Report
Extent

38 pages

Frequency

Once

Publisher / Creator Information

Publisher

Sustainable Resource Development (2001-2006,2006-2013)

Contributor

Pybus, M.J.

Place of Publication

Edmonton

Subject Information

Topic
Environment

Resource Dates

Date Created

2012-05-01

Date Added

2016-03-17T17:22:37.705513

Date Modified

2012-05-01

Date Issued

2012-05-01

Audience information

Identifiers

ISBN (print)

9781460138098

Local Identifier

I/626

Usage / Licence

Contact

Contact Name

Environment and Parks