Wildlife officials respond to Québec’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge

By James Morgan, The Review, September 25, 2018

Officials with the Québec ministère des Forêts, de la Faune, et des Parcs (MFFP) (English; Ministry of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks) are working hard to contain the first-ever outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) (French; La maladie débilitante chronique des cervidés) in the province of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. A case was allegedly discovered in a domestic deer herd on a local farm and was properly identified by department staff on September 14 which immediately began efforts to identify if the disease has spread to the wild deer population in the area or if it spread from the wild population to the domestic herd.

CWD attacks the central nervous system of whitetail deer. In the U.S., cases have occurred in Wisconsin and New York. According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website, the animals become emaciated, disoriented, lose control of bodily functions, develop extreme thirst, and eventually die. Not all deer infected with CWD initially show symptoms, but all deer infected will inevitably succumb to it.


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