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Montana records first suspected case of CWD in wild elk


December 19, 2019

BILLINGS – Montana recorded its first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in wild elk Monday, Nov. 25. A landowner harvested the cow elk on private land northeast of Red Lodge earlier this month and samples were extracted from the carcass in Billings Nov. 6. Test results confirming the suspected presence of the disease were returned to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the hunter on Monday.

CWD was found in a herd of captive game-farm elk near Philipsburg in 1999 and the herd was depopulated. Until this week, however, the disease had not been found in wild elk in Montana.

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