CHINOOK, Mont. (NMB) – A mule deer buck harvested by a hunter in Hunting District 690 southwest of Chinook is suspected to be positive of chronic wasting disease. A press release says the hunter had submitted their sample for testing and a follow-up test is being run to confirm the results.
This marks the 21st detection of CWD in Region 6, and the first in HD 690. This hunting district will now be considered part of the Northern Montana CWD Management Zone and animal transport restrictions will apply to HD 690.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is continuing CWD sampling for deer, elk and moose. Sampling took place last year, but more samples are needed to further determine distribution and prevalence of the disease.
In addition to the CWD sampling areas, testing is also available for hunter-harvested samples from anywhere in the state. This year, all CWD testing is free of charge.