Chronic wasting disease is spreading. Is Ontario ready? – TVO

Jul 26, 2019

The fatal brain disease has been infecting deer across North America. speaks with Keith Munro, wildlife biologist for Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, about what it is and how to fight it

An infectious disease that threatens wildlife is spreading quickly across North America — and Ontario has started to prepare for its arrival.

Wildlife biologists, economists, doctors, and hunters are calling for Canadian governments to take urgent preventative action against chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease that affects members of the deer family. Ontario is on watch: last September, a case was found on a farm in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Quebec, just 15 kilometres from the Ontario border. To date, the disease has also been found in Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as in 26 U.S. states.

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