Mule deer

Four more cases of chronic wasting disease have been detected in deer killed in northern Montana during the hunting season.

Test results from the final chronic wasting disease surveillance samples sent after the close of Montana’s general hunting season showed four more deer along the Hi-Line suffered from chronic wasting disease, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

The four deer included a mule deer buck from Hill County and a white-tailed buck from Phillips County. Both deer were taken in areas with previous detections.

Additionally, two mule deer bucks from Sheridan County also tested positive, the first-known infections from the county.

This brings the total number of positive animals found in this year’s surveillance to 26 deer — five from the CWD-positive area south of Billings and 21 from along the Hi-Line.

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In the coming weeks, FWP officials will determine the next steps forward in addressing CWD, including any management actions. CWD surveillance efforts will continue next year in portions of southeast Montana in FWP Region 7.

For more information on CWD in Montana, go online to fwp.mt.gov/CWD.

Hunters should properly dispose of carcasses. Once an animal with CWD dies, any part of the carcass can transmit the disease for at least two years. Safely disposing of all animal parts in solid waste landfills will help prevent the spread of CWD.

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