The OFAH has partnered with Fitzsimons Financial Group Inc. to focus our traditional OFAH Annual Fish & Wildlife Conference into a two-day event that tackles one of the biggest conservation threats we face today: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a highly infectious, incurable and completely fatal disease affecting all members of the deer family. In Ontario this includes white-tailed deer, moose, elk and caribou. The disease has already been detected in three Canadian provinces and 25 American states and is known to have devastating impacts on wildlife. CWD is not solely a hunting issue. It is a wildlife conservation issue and we all need to work together to address it.
This event will be highlighted by informative presentations and thought-provoking discussions that showcase leading CWD experts from across North America. Additionally, the conference will provide excellent networking opportunities with other conservation organizations, scientists, Indigenous communities, wildlife managers, government officials, as well as other outdoors enthusiasts to share ideas, experiences and a passion for wildlife conservation.
The outcomes of this event will not only demonstrate the need for positive policy changes, but also help establish the common ground to build a broad collaborative of interested groups that can work together beyond the event to influence timely and effective actions on CWD.
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Friday AM (Session 1) Introduction to CWD
Learn about CWD biology, history and the potential impacts to wildlife and human health. Familiarity with CWD can be low in jurisdictions where it has not been detected. This session will provide the basics on CWD 101.
Friday PM (Session 2) Keeping CWD Out
Learn about what can be done to prevent the spread of CWD into Ontario and other jurisdictions.
Saturday AM (Session 3) Wildlife Management with CWD
Learn about the biological, social and economic impacts of CWD in areas where CWD is a day-to-day reality, and eradication is impossible.
Saturday PM (Session 4) Where do we go from here?
In this session we will discuss next steps and ways to work collectively to combat the threat of CWD on our wildlife, economy and our hunting heritage.
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