|Money for CWD Research|
|Written by Sharon Vanhouwe|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 14:10|
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal brain disease that affects mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose.
There is no scientific evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans through the consumption of meat from infected animals, however, the ministry advises that meat from any diseased wildlife not be consumed.
The province is handing over one hundred and 70 thousand dollars to the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre at the University of Saskatchewan.
The money will be used to research chronic wasting disease.
The Wildlife Health Centre, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, provides a database and interactive website that hunters can check the test results of the samples they submit.
Since the ministry began delivering the program in 1997, almost 48 thousand deer and elk samples have been tested and 3 hundred and 50 have been positive.