Disease concerns prompt request for deer heads

Hunters are being asked to save deer heads so they can be tested for bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease.

North Okanagan hunters are being asked to join the fight against devastating diseases.

Hunters are being asked to save deer heads so they can be tested for bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease.

“B.C. has seen three occurrences of bovine tuberculosis in the past five years in cattle herds,” states the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

“Since cattle and deer share habitat and the province is responsible for wildlife, we’re obligated to do some testing to find out if it’s spread to the deer population.”

Bovine tuberculosis is a highly contagious disease that can debilitate and kill deer, moose, elk, and cattle.

There’s no evidence of any cases of TB in deer and the testing of deer heads is precautionary.

“It’s very important to understand early when a disease like this has established itself in a wildlife population as control after the fact is almost impossible,” states the ministry.

Hunters are asked to remove the antlers and attached bone for their trophy but drop the head off at Frank’s General Store in Cherryville.

There is no charge and you will be informed of the result if you leave your contact information on the data card provided.

Hunters wanting more information about the program can go to www.stopchronicwastingdisease.ca.