Montanans who plan to travel out-of-state to hunt big game are urged to follow a few common sense steps if they bring wild meat back from a state known to have CWD in wild animals. Bring home only:
States where CWD is confirmed in wild deer or elk include Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, New York, West Virginia and Wyoming. CWD is also found in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Some of the states have game-export regulations that Montana hunters must follow.
CWD is a rare brain disease that causes infected deer and elk to lose weight and body functions, behave abnormally and eventually die. The ailment belongs to a family of diseases that include mad cow disease in cattle, scrapie in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans.
Public health officials have found no link between CWD in deer and elk and disease in humans and say there is no evidence that CWD can be naturally transmitted to humans. Scientific studies however, are still in progress to determine if CWD posses any risk to human health.
For more information, visit FWP's CWD Questions & Answers web page.