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Second Montana deer suspected to have chronic wasting disease

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According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, a second mule deer buck is suspected to have chronic wasting disease.

The buck was harvested about three miles south of Belfry. FWP says a second sample from the deer is being tested by a lab at Colorado State University. The results are expected next week. This is the second mule deer to be found suspect for CWD with the last week. 

FWP says they have notified the hunter who submitted the new sample. The area where the deer was harvested is mostly public land.

CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. Although it is a slow-moving disease, if left unmanaged, it could result in long-term population declines within affected herds. 

FWP says  simple precautions should be taken when field dressing deer, elk or moose:

  • Wear rubber gloves and eye protection when field dressing.
  • Minimize the handling of brain and spinal tissues.
  • Wash hands and instruments thoroughly after field dressing is completed.
  • Avoid consuming brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes of harvested animals. (Normal field dressing coupled with boning out of a carcass will essentially remove these parts.) 

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