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Health Programs

The wildlife health program uses diverse and specialized skills to provide information, training, and collaborative support to FWP wildlife managers and biologists, wildlife monitoring programs, and wildlife management decisions in order to promote the health and conservation of Montana wildlife. As a valued part of the Montana wildlife conservation team, the health program provides essential support to decision makers to ensure healthy wildlife populations and landscapes in Montana.

Avian Influenza

Collage of animals affected by Avian Influenza - pintail duck, sharp tail grouse, goshawk, and raven

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has made it to the United States. Learn what FWP is doing to track this virus as it moves through Montana’s birds.

Affects:

  • Many bird species

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Brucellosis

Collage of animals affected by Brucellosis - bison and elk

A small bacteria with big political, social, and economic implications for Montana’s elk, bison, and cattle. Learn more about FWP’s efforts to track the spread of this infection.

Affects:

  • bison
  • elk

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Chronic Wasting Disease

Collage of animals affected by Chronic Wasteing Disease - elk, white-tailed deer, moose, and mule deer

A fatal neurologic disease of cervids has been detected near Montana’s borders. Find out what FWP is doing to prepare for its arrival.

Affects:

  • elk
  • moose
  • mule deer
  • white-tailed deer

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