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    CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    As many of you will likely have heard through the media, there was a new case of CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border in the city of Libby, Montana. An aged white-tailed doe was killed in February 2019 as she was emaciated and sick-looking. Last week, initial test results came back positive for CWD. Results of a second confirmation test are expected soon. This is the first time CWD has been detected west of the Continental Divide in Montana.

    Montana is planning surveillance in the area to determine if there are additional cases and if so, disease prevalence, distribution and species affected. Fortunately the BC Wildlife Health Program is working closely with Montana in order to assess the risk and protect B.C. wildlife. Montana’s press release is attached.

    Please let me know if you have any questions at this time. I will keep everyone informed as we learn more.

    Cait

    Cait Nelson
    Wildlife Health Biologist | Wildlife and Habitat Branch
    Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
    2080 Labieux Road Nanaimo BC V9T 6J9 | 250-751-3219

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    Re: CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    FORIMMEDIATE RELEASE—May 30, 2019
    Libby whitetailtests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease
    Chronic Wasting Disease was recently found in a white-tailed doe that waskilled within the city limits of Libby. Fish, Wildlife & Parks officialscollected the doe after residents reported seeing a very emaciated andsick-looking deer.
    This week, initial test results came back positive for CWD. Results of asecond confirmation test are expected early next week. This is the first time CWD has been detected inthe wild, west of the Continental Divide in Montana.
    In accordance with FWP’s CWD response plan, an incident command team hasbeen assembled to respond to the detection. The incident command team willdefine an Initial Response Area (IRA) around where the infected animal was collected.This will include an area within a roughly 10-mile radius of the collectionsite. The IRA defines the area within which the disease prevalence anddistribution will be determined. Inaddition, FWP will collect samples from road-killed deer in hunting districts100, 101, 103 and 104.
    For people in the Libby area, who see a deer that appears to be sick,please call 291-6539 and leave a message with your name, number, the locationof the animal and the time you saw it.
    CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the nervous system of muledeer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It is part of a group of diseasescalled Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are caused byinfectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteinsthroughout a healthy animal’s body to mis-fold, resulting in organ damage andeventual death.
    CWD is a slow-moving disease. However, left unmanaged, it could result inlong-term population declines within affected herds. All the states andprovinces that border Montana, other than Idaho and British Columbia, havefound CWD in their wild cervids.
    CWD was first found in wild deer in Montana in October 2017. To date, CWDhas been detected in Carbon, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Valley, Daniels,Sheridan and now Lincoln counties. To prevent the spread of CWD within Montana,FWP establishes CWD Management Zones in areas where CWD has been found. Wholecarcass, whole head or spinal column from any deer, elk, or moose harvested cannotbe removed from these zones unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

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    Re: CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    It’s only a matter of time and without a cure there is no stopping the spread

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    Re: CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    wow whitetails migrate from bc into.montana in thta corner

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    Re: CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    Cait,

    Thank you for the update. I was in attendance at the AGM for your excellent presentation on CWD.
    THE FEW THE PROUD, SEMPER FI

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    Re: CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    I would be surprised if prion diseases weren’t already here. I’m sure animals have died in the wild from this. As well as untested animals harvested by hunters. It’s scary either way.

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    Re: CWD reported within 50 km of the BC border

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank grimes View Post
    I would be surprised if prion diseases weren’t already here. I’m sure animals have died in the wild from this. As well as untested animals harvested by hunters. It’s scary either way.
    Yup, if it is here or not, it will be soon and it is a scary thing.

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