HELENA - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is stepping up its search in certain areas across Montana, looking for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, elk, and moose.
There's been an increase of CWD in Wyoming and Canada. An animal that has the disease will exhibit drooling and a drooping head and ears.
Emily Amberg, disease ecologist for the Wildlife Program with FWP, explained FWP’s search efforts for the disease. “One of the reasons why we are mounting this big surveillance effort this year is to try and improve our odds in detecting it early,” she said.
“All the research to date suggest that if we can find it when it’s at low prevalence, so a small proportion of animals have it, it just increases our tools that are available to actually manage the disease. And we think in the long term that’s what’s going to mean the most in terms of maintaining the health of our wild deer populations,” Amberg said.
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control recommend against eating animals that are infected. If you are unsure if your game is infected by CWD, have it checked by a professional.
Visit the FWP website for more information about CWD.