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Thus far during 2019/20 sampling, 142 animals tested positive for CWD


Last updated 2/10/2020 at 11:33am

From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks submitted 6,977 samples for chronic wasting disease testing during the 2019 season, which ran from April 1, 2019, to Jan. 29, 2020. Of those samples, 142 tested positive for the fatal disease, including 86 white-tailed deer, 53 mule deer, two moose and one elk. These were Montana’s first detections in moose and wild elk.

FWP’s priority sampling areas in 2019 included southeastern Montana, the Philipsburg area, the Hi-Line area and the Libby area. Special CWD hunts, which required CWD testing of harvested deer, were...

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