There's a sigh of relief from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officials as Chronic Wasting Disease test results from samples collected last week all came back negative.
This news comes after positive tests in two successive weeks. FWP is currently operating a surveillance effort in south-central Montana – the area where CWD was first discovered in Montana this fall.
This effort has entailed collecting samples from deer, elk and moose at check stations within the priority surveillance area and hunters have been a huge help to FWP.
Although there is no evidence CWD is transmissible to humans, it is recommended to never eat meat from animals that appear to be sick or are known to be CWD positive.