Montana Deer with CWD Reported on Northern Border

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Deer hunters are being encouraged to help monitor and track the presence of chronic wasting disease by allowing the Iowa DNR to collect tissues samples from those they shoot, especially deer harvested in northeast Iowa.

The test results mark the fifth incident of the disease discovered in Montana wild deer this fall.

Most of the deer with the disease is in Montcalm County.

"The fact that we have likely found so many additional CWD-positive deer is a major concern for Michigan's deer population", said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist in a press release. The other four deer were all from south of Billings near the Wyoming border.

CWD has been found in deer hundreds of miles away on Montana's southern border with Wyoming earlier this year. FWP is in the process of putting together a team for the latest detection north of Chester. The specifics of this hunt would be determined by the incident command team. State wildlife officials are planning to hold a special hunt in that area, which is around the town of Bridger, to gauge the disease's prevalence. This hunt will come before the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission at their meeting Thursday in Helena for final approval.

There have been no reported cases of chronic wasting disease infection in humans.

Iowa's 2017 deer hunting options enter the late stages with the second shotgun season December 9-17, followed by the late muzzleloader season and archery season, both of which are December 18 to January 10, 2018.

In Montcalm County, 17 suspected or confirmed cases of CWD were found in Cato, Douglass, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine, Reynolds, Sidney and Winfield Townships.

The DNR strongly recommends hunters who harvest deer in Clinton, Ingham, Kent or Montcalm counties have their deer tested by bringing them to a deer check station.

CWD is a fatal disease that infects deer, elk and moose.

Chronic wasting disease already was present in surrounding states and provinces. It causes a spongy degeneration of the brain, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and, ultimately, the animal's death.

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