The provincial government is enhancing surveillance measures to protect wildlife from the risk of chronic wasting disease.
This comes following a confirmed case of the disease in Quebec.
“We are taking immediate action to protect the health of deer in Ontario,” said Natural Resources and Forestry minister Jeff Yurek.
“Planned surveillance is already underway in southwestern Ontario and we are adding to current efforts by deploying additional surveillance teams near the Quebec border,” he added.
“Chronic wasting disease has never been detected in wild deer in Ontario and we want to keep it that way,” Yurek stressed.
“We are mobilizing additional teams to test deer for the disease and adding new public drop-off locations east of Ottawa to the Quebec border,” he noted.
“I urge hunters to take advantage of this convenient way to participate in protecting Ontario’s wildlife.”
Chronic wasting disease is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of deer, elk, moose, and caribou.
To date, there have been no confirmed cases of the disease in any wild animal in Ontario.
Visit Ontario.ca/cwd for more information on the province’s chronic wasting disease surveillance program.