Another Montana Deer with Suspected CWD Infection
A second deer in south-central Montana is suspected of being infected with Chronic Wasting Disease.
Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) reported the buck was harvested 3 miles south of Belfry, Montana, and a second sample from the buck is being tested by the Colorado State University lab, which has also been testing the first CWD deer sample sent from Montana last week.
In a news release, FWP reported that director Martha Williams has created an incident command team to deal with the suspected cases. The department also notified the hunter.
CWD is a progressive, fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It has been detected in areas surrounding Montana, but these are the first suspicious samples found in the state.
There is no evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans, but it is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that humans should never eat meat from animals that appear to be sick or are known to be CWD positive.
If the samples are positive for CWD, Montana FWP may recommend a special hunt in the area where the two deer had been.
Hunters are advised that if they notice an animal that appears to be sick to notify Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.