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Chronic Wasting Disease Management

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CWD Positive Areas & Transport Restriction Zones in Montana

FWP has established within-state carcass Transport Restriction Zones (TRZ) to prevent humans from inadvertently spreading CWD. No brain or spinal column material from deer, elk, or moose harvested within a CWD Positive Area are allowed outside the TRZ. The boundaries of the TRZ have been established so that hunters have access to game processors, taxidermists and landfills for processing and disposing of waste from animals harvested in the Positive Area. The spinal column may be left in the field at the kill site.

Liberty County CWD Positive Area – The whole carcass, whole head, brain or spinal column from any deer, elk or moose taken in Liberty County North of U.S. Highway 2 may not be removed from Toole, Liberty or Hill Counties unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

Carbon County CWD Positive Area – The whole carcass, whole head, brain or spinal column from any deer, elk or moose taken in Carbon County east of U.S. Highway 212 and the Roberts Cooney Road may not be removed from Carbon or Yellowstone Counties unless the animal has tested negative for CWD.

The latest on CWD in Montana:

Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, was discovered in Montana in 2017. In 2018, FWP detected 26 new cases of CWD among wild deer, including 21 cases along the northern border in every county from Liberty County east to the North Dakota border, and five cases within the CWD-positive area south of Billings.

In 2019, FWP will consolidate “CWD positive areas” and “Transport Restriction Zones” into the single moniker “CWD Management Zones.” The southern portion of FWP Region 7 will be included in the southern CWD Management Zone in anticipation of finding CWD positive deer in that area. CWD surveillance/monitoring during fall 2019 will be focused in southeastern Montana, around Philipsburg, and along the Hi-Line.

The following is the latest news on CWD in Montana, as well as information about the disease and ongoing surveillance efforts:

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