Chronic wasting disease detected in mule deer buck killed near Belt

A mule deer buck recently harvested from Hunting District 405, about 10 miles north of Belt, has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

This marks the first time CWD has been detected in this hunting district out of more than 100 deer sampled there over the last three years, the agency said in a statement. FWP has conducted rotating surveillance for CWD throughout the state for several years, and HD 405 is within this year’s priority surveillance area.

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 detected in Montana’s wild herds in 2017. The disease is known to exist in other parts of north-central Montana, especially north of Highway 2, as well as in other areas of the state.

Montana FWP is working to combat an ongoing decline of bird hunters. Video courtesy of Montana FWP.

Hunters play a significant role in CWD management by providing test samples from harvested animals. FWP has provided resources to help hunters collect and submit samples for free testing on their own. In addition, FWP offers several locations around the state where

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