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Montana to resume disease testing on hunted animals

September 15, 2018

Montana officials will resume testing of wildlife killed by hunters in parts of the state this fall to see if the animals have a brain wasting disease.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials says the surveillance effort will begin with the general big game season Oct. 20 and include portions of northern, western and southern Montana.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that can infect deer elk and moose.

It first showed up in Montana deer last year. Special hunts were held in Carbon County along the Wyoming border and in the Chester area in northern Montana in an attempt to control its spread.

State officials also imposed restrictions prohibiting the transport of brain or spinal column material from animals harvested in areas where the disease was found.

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