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Ontario to limit imports, transport of live elk, deer

Moves meant to keep out chronic wasting disease

Moving live captive cervids such as elk, deer, moose and caribou into or within Ontario is set to be banned under new provincial regulations to keep out chronic wasting disease (CWD). The province said Thursday it has amended regulations under its Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act that will ban anyone from importing live, captive cervids

U.S. tests OK for CFIA chronic wasting disease certification

ELK | The allowance is meant to help producers enrolled in herd certification, but sending their animals to the U.S. for slaughter

elk The allowance is meant to aid producers enrolled in herd certification, but sending their animals to the U.S. for slaughter

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has eliminated one irritating piece of red tape for Canadian-born elk slaughtered in the U.S. Canada’s voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program will now accept test results from American labs. Results can now come from labs certified under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health


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

Elk producers call for review of mule deer hunting policy

The Manitoba Elk Growers Association is pleased to hear the province is building a new big game health lab in Dauphin but is calling for more action to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease. A spokesperson from the province confirmed that a request for proposals was issued in mid-August for the building of the



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


Bovine tuberculosis was one of two major issues brought up during a recent meeting of the Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba Sustainable Development, members are told during a Nov. 8 district meeting in Roblin.

Manitoba Beef Producers sets eyes on 2021 TB-free goal

Manitoba Beef Producers hopes to get the province back on the USDA’s tuberculosis-free list, saying negative tests from wildlife proves its point

Beef producers around Riding Mountain National Park have their hopes riding on a good hunting season. Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP) is waiting on the newest round of bovine tuberculosis tests, sampled from deer and elk harvested near the national park, in a bid to convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture that Manitoba is free of



Both farmed and wild elk, like these photographed near Glenboro, and other cervids such as deer, are frequently blamed for disease outbreaks in cattle herds despite all evidence to the contrary.

Comment: Elk not responsible for TB outbreak

Too often farmed animals and wildlife are blamed for outbreaks, despite evidence to the contrary

In recent months, several cattle from herds in Alberta and Saskatchewan have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis. The index animal — a beef cow — was identified at slaughter at a U.S. processing plant. Since then several more suspects have been identified by skin testing. Over 22,000 cattle are affected by quarantines. A common