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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Manitoba is planning a community deer hunt to combat chronic wasting disease

Key takeaways:

  • As part of its emergency response to the discovery of the first case of CWD, the government is organizing a community deer shooting opportunity.

The province is arranging a community deer shooting opportunity as part of its emergency response to finding the first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Manitoba in October.

Local landowners and Indigenous hunters will participate in the hunt, but they must first obtain special authorization from the Roblin district office.

The government stated in a news release that hunters, harvesters, and local landowners play a crucial role in the disease’s containment.

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The hunt is the next phase in combating the highly contagious deadly disease that affects the nerve systems of large game animals such as deer, elk, caribou, and moose.

The government imposed a hunting ban in the area earlier this month after CWD discovered a male mule deer near the Lake of the Prairies on October 14.

Permitted hunters can now harvest mule and white-tailed deer in the area starting November 26, but samples of any animal obtained in the temporary CWD containment zone must be sent in for testing.

Drop-off locations may be found all around the province, according to the province.

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ACCORDING TO THE PROVINCE, although CWD is not known to pose a health risk to humans, meat from a CWD-infected animal should not be ingested.

If a hunter’s meat is tested for the disease, they will be contacted right away if their animal tested positive.

Online, you may find more information on how to submit samples, submission information, and testing results, as well as the most recent revisions.

According to the province, the webpage will be updated as new information becomes available.

Hunters can contact the province by email at or by phone at 1-800-214-6197 if they have questions regarding a harvested animal.

The community quest will end on December 12.

Source: CTV News

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