By NewsDEsk @bactiman63
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported that a white-tailed doe found killed in Libby, MT in the northwest corner of the state, tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
This is the first time CWD has been detected in the wild, west of the Continental Divide in Montana.
CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It is part of a group of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are caused by infectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteins throughout a healthy animal’s body to mis-fold, resulting in organ damage and eventual death.
CWD is a slow-moving disease. However, left unmanaged, it could result in long-term population declines within affected herds. All the states and provinces that border Montana, other than Idaho and British Columbia, have found CWD in their wild cervids.
CWD was first found in wild deer in Montana in October 2017.