Notice to Hunters

Chronic Wasting Disease

CWD and TB Surveillance Zone Map

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been detected in Manitoba. It has been found in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and in many of the mid-western United States. The disease seems to be spreading in many jurisdictions, including Saskatchewan and Alberta, and remains a significant problem in wild deer in those provinces. An ongoing risk assessment of the disease in adjacent jurisdictions is continuing.

Manitoba Sustainable Development, in co-operation with Parks Canada Agency and Manitoba Agriculture, is again actively collecting and testing the following deer and elk samples for the presence of this disease:

  • The complete head and upper neck of elk and deer shot during the hunting seasons in GHAs 5, 6, 6A, 11, 12, 13, 13A, part of 18 and 18B west of PR 366 18A, and part of 22 west of PTH 83.

  • Elk and deer submitted for testing under the Bovine TB surveillance program will also be tested for CWD.

If you see a deer or elk with CWD symptoms, including extreme weight loss, repetitive behaviour, drooping head and ears, and drooling, you should note the precise location and contact the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office.

All hunters are required by regulation to submit samples to the nearest Manitoba Sustainable Development office through an Drop-Off Depot.

What else is being done by Manitoba Sustainable Development?

  • The importation into Manitoba of native and exotic cervids is prohibited.
  • The possession of scents and other substances that contain urine, faeces, saliva or scent glands of cervids, is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to bring into Manitoba a cervid (deer, elk, moose or caribou) that has been killed in another province or state without first removing the head, hide, hooves, mammary glands, entrails, internal organs, and spinal column. These parts must remain in the place of origin.
  • There is an exemption for a moose or caribou that is killed
    (a) in the part of Saskatchewan north of the 55 degree parallel of latitude and east of the 105 degree meridian of longitude;
    (b) in the part of Ontario north of the 51 degree parallel of latitude; or
    (c) in Nunavut or the Northwest Territories

    Antlers and connecting bone plate that have been detached from the remainder of the skull and has had all hide and other tissue removed, may be brought into the province, provided the bone plate and antler bases are treated with a solution of not less than two percent (2%) chlorine. Raw capes and hides that have been detached from the animals must be placed in a sealed waterproof container to ensure that no fluids, tissue or hair can escape. Once this process has been done, they may be brought into the province provided that they are delivered, within five (5) days of entry, to a licensed taxidermist or a licensed facility for chemical processing into a tanned product.
  • Feeding and attracting cervids in the Bovine TB and CWD Surveillance Zones is prohibited. Baiting of Cervids for the purpose of hunting is illegal in Manitoba.