With white-tailed deer gun season open in much of the province, Ontario Fish and Wildlife is encouraging hunters to be aware of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
It’s asking hunters to check whether they’re in a CWD surveillance area.
In these areas, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) crews visit hunt camps and request samples of harvested deer.
This year, surveillance units are in Central Ontario Wildlife Management Units 50, 51, 54, 55A and 57; all near our region.
Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal disease that affects the nervous system of deer. The Ministry says it has been found in deer in four Canadian provinces, but not yet in Ontario.
More information on the province’s response plan to CSW is on the MNRF website.