The province is doing all they can to help prevent Chronic Wasting Disease. Free testing is one way that they are tracking the disease through the region. "We do have an online tracking system. When a hunter submits a sample, they are given a unique tracking number, which they can use to go online to get their testing results". Explained Iga Sasiak. "As soon as the results are in they are posted and available on the site".
Hunters are encouraged to send in their heads to be analysed. "We have many samples that have been coming in this last month. We've received a lot more moose and elk this year, then we have in previous years which is good". Traditionally hunters have submitted a lot of deer with over 800 samples submitted last year. Iga Continues, "we've had several hundred submitted so far this year. With a lot more expected to be coming through the months of November, December and January".
"We have thirty-seven positive samples already this year from across the province. Last year there were several cases in the southeast region". Recently there was a case just outside of Melfort. "Mostly we find CWD in Mule Deer and White-tailed deer, less so in Elk and one positive case in moose. However, it's also related to what hunters are submitting. If we don't get many samples of certain animals, the numbers can be lower, which is why we are encouraging hunters to send in samples of all species".  CWD is most prevalent in Mule deer and White-tail deer. 
There are a few things hunters can do to help mitigate the spread of the disease. "Hunters can play an important role in preventing spread by doing a few different things; one is avoiding long-distance transportation of their carcasses If you can field dress, quarter and de-bone the animal in the field, and leave the carcass remains in place, it`s always the best thing to do". Iga noted, "Take only what you need and make sure the carcasses are correctly wrapped in plastic or a tarp with the remains disposed of in an approved landfill.
Furthermore, Iga explained "The second thing hunters can do is avoid baiting and feeding or putting out mineral licks. These things are very common and have been used extensively throughout the province but unfortunately, they cause animals to congregate which causes increased transmission, so we ask hunters to avoid those practices to decrease spreading". 
There have been no documented cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in humans in Saskatchewan.

More Local News

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

Pharmacies Running Out Of Flu Vaccine

It’s been a tough flu season in Canada and now some pharmacies in the Estevan area have been running out of the flu vaccine. Jeff Hilderman at the Estevan Pharmasave has seen his pharmacy run out of…

Three Ballots Needed Each for Police Board, Remuneration Board

At City Council's regular meeting Monday night, two boards needed people on it from the public at large - and the results were so close there were multiple ballots needed. It took three votes for…

Building Permits In City Down In 2018

Building permits for 2018 were down significantly from 2017, Estevan city council learned Monday night. The monthly building permit report gave an overview of how many building permits the city…

Festival Of Lights Shone Bright in 2018

The Festival of lights had a great turnout in 2018. They jumped from 11 participants in 2017 to 25 participants this year in 2018 and had an abundance of positive feedback from people driving through…

*Update* SaskTel Experiencing Long Distance Issues

“All circuits are busy. Please hang up and try your call again later.” This is the message many across Saskatchewan are hearing this morning when trying to make a long distance phone call or a call a…

SHA Advice for Those With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is commonly known as winter depression. While the winter months, in particular, can be challenging for those who are dealing with S.A.D., the disorder is not necessarily…

Province Seeks Public Input on Sask Libraries Engagement Report

As part of the library engagement process, the public is now invited to provide their feedback on Legislative Secretary Terry Dennis’s Report of Saskatchewan Public Libraries Engagement. Over the…

Geothermal Plant Coming To Estevan

Friday's announcement of the Federal Government allotting $25 million towards a geothermal project caught many in the southeast by surprise, but it's a project that's been well in the making for a…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login