Saskatchewan Muley Deer Test Positive for CWD

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MULE DEER TEST POSITIVE FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE.

July 19, 2001 The Leader-Post (Regina)
By Sylvia MacBean

CARNDUFF -- The mule deer hunt will, according to this story, be increased
in the Manito Sandhills near Marsden, Sask. after two mule deer tested
positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Rick Douslin, of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management was quoted
as saying, "We are looking at increasing the mule deer kill where the
positive mule deer were found this fall. Tests for chronic wasting disease
will be available for deer shot, if the hunters so desire."

Lorne Scott, executive director of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, was
cited as saying the plan is to take a large number of deer out of the area
and have the brains tested to see how prevalent the disease is, adding,
"These are the only two cases (of CWD) in Canada that have been identified
in wild deer. The experts say that it is safe to eat the meat. I think a lot
of hunters would want their deer tested before they did consume the meat."

Hunters and their families should not eat any of the meat until they get the
tests back, Scott said.
 

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