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3 deer harvested in Blaine County test positive for CWD

[embedded content] Test results from three deer harvested in Blaine County have tested positive for chronic wasted disease, according to…

Test results from three deer harvested in Blaine County have tested positive for chronic wasted disease, according to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Friday.

The deer was harvested within the priority monitoring area 201

8, which includes the northern part of Blaine County.

As a result, the northern part of Blaine County – north of US Highway 2 – has been designated as a CWD positive area. A previously existing CWD positive area includes the whole of Liberty County.

FWP has notified the hunters who left the samples.

To prevent the spread of CWD to other parts of Montana, the brain and spine of deer, moose or elk harvested within either CWD positive area can not be transported outside the associated transport restriction zone, or TRZ, which includes Toole, Liberty and Hill- counties and with the latest discovery has expanded to include the Blaine and Phillips counties. Hunters are reminded not to leave this extended TRZ with whole deer, moose or love bodies from either CWD positive area but should consider processing the animal within the TRZ or just distant quarters and boned meat without the spine or headache. Hunters must also be aware that because of this new discovery of CWD, the FWP is dependent on collecting more samples from the area to determine the incidence of diseases among the deer population and its potential distribution. This information is crucial for the FWP in developing a disease management plan.

The Disease Control and Prevention Center recommends that hunters harvesting deer, elk and elk in CWD positive areas have tested the meat before consumption. Although there is no known transmission of CWD to humans, the World Health Organization and CDC recommend not to consume meat from an animal known to be infected with CWD.

FWP would like hunters harvesting deer, elk or moose in priority monitoring area including Hi-Line from Blackfeet Reservation to North Dakota border and HD 210, 212 and 217 in Western Montana to submit the animals for CWD testing. This can be done by visiting surveillance control stations open on weekends or by contacting or visiting the FWP Regional Office in Great Falls at 406-454-5840, Glasgow at 406-228-3700, Oats at 406-265- 6177, Missoula at 406-542-5500, or Billings at 406-247-2940 during the week.

As a reminder, the animal’s head is required for testing. The standard test is to look at an animal’s retrofaryngeal lymph nodes or brain stem for evidence of CWD.

Checking stations that will try for CWD:

Hunters can also bring animals to Havre and Glasgow offices during the week
Great Falls office during the week
South of Hall
South of Phillipsburg

By David Sherman – MTN News

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