Hunters kill 35 mule deer in hunt to test for disease
CHESTER, Mont. (AP) — Hunters killed 35 mule deer in the second week of a special hunt in north-central Montana to test for the prevalence of a brain wasting disease.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Tuesday that none of the 50 mule deer killed and sampled during the first week of the hunt north of Chester tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Hunters killed 11 bucks and 24 does from Jan. 8-14. Test results will be available in about a week.
The hunt will continue until Feb. 15 or until 157 deer are killed.
The special hunt is meant to determine the distribution and prevalence of chronic wasting disease in Liberty County after a mule deer taken during the 2017 big game season tested positive for the disease.