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Deer heads required from Kootenay region for CWD tests

The discovery of chronic wasting disease in deer in northwestern Montana has officials in CWD-free British Columbia tightening their testing net. The province on Wednesday announced a mandatory sampling program, in which hunters must submit heads from mule deer and white-tailed deer harvested in wildlife management units 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6 and 4-7

Is 3D fencing the answer to your free lunch program?

Hay yards are magnets for elk and deer, but three-dimensional fencing can be a lower-cost way to keep them out

A long winter coupled with a late and dry start to spring has stretched feed supplies across the Prairies. Which means any loss of hay to wildlife last winter was especially painful. To avoid that grief — or at least lessen it — many producers on the Prairies have turned to three-dimensional fencing. Unlike typical


Ian Thorleifson’s elk operation will feel the effect when the CFIA tightens chronic wasting disease regulations this year.

Cervid producers call foul on CFIA participation requirement

They say a new move to require participation in a ‘voluntary’ program if farmers want support isn’t helpful for areas without CWD

Manitoba elk and deer producers are less than impressed with incoming federal rules over chronic wasting disease (CWD). As of April 1, producers who want federal help with CWD are going to have to be part of the CFIA’s Voluntary Herd Certification Program. They’ll only be compensated for destroyed animals if they are registered with




Can an electric fence keep deer out? So far it’s protecting this plot at the University of Manitoba’s Ian N. Morrison Research Farm at Carman. But the deer need to be trained.

Electric fences could be an easier way to keep deer out of gardens

Deer. Sure they’re magnificent in the wild with their big dewy eyes, licorice noses and flashing white tails effortlessly clearing fences as if bouncing off hidden trampolines. But when they chow down on your garden, benevolence turns to malevolence. Where deer are plentiful protecting produce can be a big job for rural and urban gardeners

Province continues to see negative TB results in domestic cattle

Bovine tuberculosis remains undetected in domestic cattle as 
experts continue to strive for provincial eradication 


Producers at the Manitoba Beef Producers annual meeting here earlier this month heard some good news about the province’s bovine tuberculosis eradication efforts. “The hope remains quite high that this winter’s surveillance in elk, deer and domestic livestock will move us closer to achieving the overarching goal of the program — eradication of the disease

By the time conservation officer Laury Brouzes found the headless deer, there was just enough DNA left to bag and test.

CSI forensics used to nab poachers

Conservation officers will soon be recognized 
as law enforcement officers in Manitoba

By the time provincial conservation officer Laury Brouzes found the once-proud buck all that remained was scattered fur, a pink skeleton, and a furry hooved foot. Coyotes had licked its vertebrae clean. The day before, someone had tipped authorities off, naming an individual who had shot a deer and only taken the head. It is


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Regaining access to China markets

Tainted food scandals have convinced Chinese buyers that imports are safer

Cervid (elk and other deer) products have been used and prized in China for at least 2,700 years. That makes China a very valuable marketplace for cervid products. Indeed, it was a good market until Canada and the U.S. took action to contain and eradicate BSE in early 2003. China immediately closed its markets to

Deep snow, late spring equal a bad year for deer

April is the cruellest month, as poet T.S. Eliot grimly observed. For whitetail deer, this year’s longer winter and higher snow levels has been especially hard, says the wildlife branch of Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. Drivers may have noticed large herds of them hanging around in ditches even in broad daylight. Deep snow is