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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. FWP is carrying out surveillance and management of the disease according to the agency's CWD Management Plan. 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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