Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease Found Near Sweet Grass Hills

LIBERTY COUNTY, Mont. (NMB) – Earlier this month, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was notified that 18 deer across Montana had tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Of the 18 deer, only one was found in north-central Montana. It was found within the last month in Hunting District 401 between West Butte and Gold Butte in the Sweet Grass Hills, according to FWP Information Bureau Chief Greg Lemon.

The deer was reported to FWP by someone who said it looked sick. FWP then euthanized the deer and tested it for CWD.

FWP will cover the cost of testing hunter-harvested animals for CWD. Hunters should look online for information on how to take a sample themselves and submit it for testing or bring animals by an FWP regional office for sampling. FWP will have CWD check stations in the priority surveillance areas. Sample submission is voluntary throughout Montana. For more information on these surveillance areas and how to submit samples for testing, visit fwp.mt.gov/cwd.

CWD is a contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk and moose. It is always fatal and there is no known cure. It was first found in Montana in 2017. It is not known to infect humans, but it is strongly recommended that people not eat meat from infected animals and to have their harvested animals tested before eating them if they were taken from an area where CWD is known to exist.

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