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Canadians Concerned about CWD

WHAT IS THE CANADIANS CONCERNED ABOUT CWD?

The Canadians Concerned about CWD is a group of diverse stakeholders working to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) across the country. This collaborative was formed following the 2019 OFAH Conference on CWD, where it became clear that we needed to come together to achieve meaningful action. CWD is bad for cervid species. It’s bad for the economy. It’s bad for people. This group is intended to keep interested individuals and groups across Canada and beyond connected, informed on the latest CWD news and facilitate opportunities for collaboration on public awareness and advocacy campaigns. If you would like to learn more about the Canadians Concerned about CWD or how to join, contact ccac@ofah.org.

Video – The Risk of CWD Explained

Below you can read the 2019 Conference on CWD Report, which summarizes the key findings of the conference, and puts forth recommendations for a collective path forward.

CWD CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Some of the top experts from natural resource management, ecology, molecular biology, human health, epidemiology, wildlife policy, psychology, sociology, economics, Indigenous perspectives, and veterinary medicine came together at the conference to help emphasize and establish the need for an integrated approach to addressing the threats posed by CWD. Watch the videos below to see the expert perspectives shared.

CWD BASICS — Dr. Evelyn Merrill, University of Alberta

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PRIONS, CWD AND HUMAN HEALTH: CAUSE FOR CONCERN? — Dr. Michael Coulthart, Public Health Agency of Canada

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HOW POLICY HAS SHAPED CWD TODAY — Darrel Rowledge, Alliance for Public Wildlife

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THE BLACKFOOT PEOPLE AND SURVIVAL OF CHRONIC WASTING — Brian Jackson, Piikani First Nation

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ONTARIO’S CWD SURVEILLANCE AND RESPONSE PLAN — Chris Heydon and Tore Buchanan, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE PREVENTION IN MANITOBA – A SUCCESS STORY — Richard Davis, Manitoba Sustainable Development

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INTERAGENCY COOPERATION AND RAPID RESPONSE: THE NEW YORK MODEL — Jim Farquhar, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation & Justin Gansowski, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

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NEW APPROACHES TO CWD PREVENTION — Dr. David Westaway, University of Alberta

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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT in CWD ENDEMIC AREAS — Dr. Evelyn Merrill, University of Alberta

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PERCEPTION AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT ON CWD — Dr. Vic Adamowicz, University of Alberta

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THE HUNTER’S VIEW OF CWD — Nick Pinizzotto, National Deer Alliance

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CWD: A SASKATCHEWAN PERSPECTIVE — Dr. Iga Stasiak, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment

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Watch video of the Panel Discussion featuring: Brian Jackson, Piikani First Nation; Darrel Rowledge, Alliance for Public Wildlife; Jim Farquhar, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Harvey Petracek, Canadian Cervid Alliance

CWD: RANDOM MUSINGS TO TIE IT ALL TOGETHER —  Bryan Richards, United States Geological Survey

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PATH FORWARD — Matt DeMille, OFAH

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