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CWD Surveillance & Response

Attention Hunters!

If you still have frozen deer heads that you would like to submit to the ongoing CWD surveillance program, please drop them off at any Fish and Wildlife office during regular office hours. For more details, see:

Get the latest news and updates on Chronic Wasting Disease in Alberta. See:

CWD Surveillance in Alberta

In Alberta, programs that deal with CWD surveillance are developed co-operatively between Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

Surveillance Programs

Surveillance programs that look for Chronic Wasting Disease have two primary aspects:

Programs aimed at farmed cervids are conducted by Agriculture and Forestry. Programs involving wildlife are conducted by the Fish and Wildlife Division of AEP.

Surveillance summaries

The Alberta surveillance programs began in 1996. Summary data can be found on the Agriculture and Forestry website at:

Current laboratory tests are based on microscopic and immunologic examination of a specific site in the lymph nodes and/or brain. The tests used in Alberta meet international standards for diagnosis of CWD.


Where CWD is found in the wild or where there is reason to believe there is increased risk of the disease being present in wild populations, three primary tools may be applied:

  • Increased recreational harvest opportunities
  • Herd reduction programs
  • Increased public information and education

All programs are updated and/or revised in response to new research data or field information.


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Updated: Jun 15, 2015