B.C. imposes restrictions to reduce chronic wasting disease spread

The disease was found in two deer in January

Officials in British Columbia have implemented mandatory testing as well as transportation restrictions after chronic wasting disease appeared in the province.

The new rules focus on the Kootenay region where the disease was found in two deer samples in January. In addition to testing, the province is restricting the transportation and disposal of any road-killed deer, elk, moose or caribou.

The deer were the first known cases CWD in British Columbia. The highly contagious affects the central nervous system of cervids and is always fatal. It has spread to 32 states and five provinces throughout the United States and Canada with no known cure.

Header Image: British Columbia has imposed new rules in an effort to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease in the province. Credit: aburger99 via iNaturalist