Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Wild Deer, 2017 Montana

Montana Deer Disease News and Information Archive



Chronic Wasting Disease, Deer harvested in special disease management hunt in south-central Montana December 25, 2017  Montana, Explore Big Sky
... In addition to the six deer found positive south of Billings, an additional mule deer buck shot about 30 miles north of Chester, near the Canadian border, tested positive for chronic wasting disease this fall ... Depending on the test results ... officials may consider increasing hunting opportunities in order to decrease the density of deer “so there are fewer nose to nose contacts,” ...

Second Chronic Wasting Disease Survey Hunt Planned December 21, 2017 Montana, MTPR
... A mule deer buck harvested last month north of Chester made the area the second in the state with a confirmed case of CWD in wildlife. Six other cases were found in southern Montana.  The second hunt will begin January 6 and end February 15 unless the sample quota is reached before then ...,

FWP proposed Chronic Wasting Disease hunt north of Chester December 20, 2017 Montana, KXLH Helena News
... Earlier this year, a harvested mule deer buck tested positive for CWD in the area...  the second area of the state where CWD has been detected and the first year the disease has been found in wild game populations... Sixty of the licenses would be either sex, and 275 would be antlerless..,

... A mule deer buck shot by a hunter Nov. 12 about 30 miles north of Chester near the Canadian border has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The deer was taken in hunting district 401 in Liberty County.  The test results mark the seventh incident of CWD discovered in Montana wild deer this fall. The other deer came from south of Billings, where more than 1,000 samples were taken ..,

Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer north of Chester December 5, 2017 Montana, KTVQ Billings News
... shot by a hunter on Nov. 12 north of Chester near the Canadian border has tested positive ... the fifth incident of CWD discovered in Montana wild deer this fall... Until this year, CWD had not been found in Montana ..,

...  a white-tailed deer in east of Joliet and a mule deer buck southeast of Bridger, Robert Gibson of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Friday.  The new suspect samples were collected from hunters during the weekend of Nov. 16-17...

Details of first Montana CWD hunt revealed November 30, 2017 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... licenses for the CWD hunt would be issued for does and bucks, with the proportion mirroring the buck-to-doe ratio in the area’s mule deer population. The breakdown for the license sales will be 400 antlerless and 100 either-sex per period ...

FWP scrambles to assess spread of deer-killing disease November 27, 2017 Montana, Helena Independent Record
... officials are quickly working to try and design a first-of-its-kind special hunt to determine how widely chronic wasting disease has spread among deer in south-central Montana... two mule deer bucks have been killed south of Bridger tested positive for CWD, even though they both appeared to be healthy animals...

... “Don’t just throw them away in the woods somewhere. People need to put them into a landfill. It’s especially important for hunters who harvest an animal outside of the area.” ... 

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in Montana mule deer November 15, 2017 The Spokesman-Review 
... Lab tests have confirmed chronic wasting disease in a mule deer buck killed Oct. 22 by a hunter in Hunting District 510 south of Billings ... A hunt could be established after the general hunting season ends to specifically target deer in the infected area...

Second deer turns up suspect for chronic wasting disease November 14, 2017 Montana, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
...  a mule deer buck killed by a hunter south of Belfry has been found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease... samples from both deer have been submitted to a lab at Colorado State University ...

... tested positive for infection ... Further testing is pending ...
     Suspected chronic wasting disease found in deer south of Billings November 8, 2017 Montana, KTVQ Billings News
... The animal was killed in an area with a mixture of private and public land 10 miles southeast of Bridger... sample collected from the animal is being sent to the lab at Colorado State University for further testing ... If the result is positive, it will mark the first time CWD has appeared in wild deer, elk or moose in Montana ...

Commission gives initial OK to chronic wasting disease plan November 8, 2017 Montana, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
... . The plan will now be open for public comment for the next 30 days ... administration of special hunts focused on the area of detection... to gather enough lymph node samples from potentially affected animals to determine the disease’s prevalence...
     Fish and Wildlife Commission to consider chronic wasting disease response plan November 4, 2017 Montana, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
... The plan includes hunts centered on the area where the disease is detected in order to gather lymph node samples and determine the overall prevalence of the condition... commission will likely consider a final version in February ...

Chronic wasting disease fight to intensify in Montana March 26, 2018 Helena Independent Record
... Montana’s first cases of deadly CWD were confirmed this fall and winter in 10 deer in south central Montana’s Carbon County and one in northern Liberty County... Hunting District 510 — did show higher prevalence, close to 10 percent. That suggests the CWD may have circulated in the area longer, migrating north from nearby Wyoming ...


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