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Montana Hunters Close To Reaching Quota In CWD Hunt

Mule deer buck.
Mule deer buck.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says it has almost reached its quota for mule deer in the state’s first ever special chronic wasting disease hunt in Carbon County. But the number of harvested whitetails lags behind.

Bob Gibson, a spokesman for FWP, says 183 mule deer have been taken. That means the special hunt for mule deer could end as early as Sunday evening if the quota of 200 is reached.

"No reason to believe we won’t be able to harvest 10 more or 17 more mule deer over the weekend" says Gibson.

Only 85 whitetail deer have been harvested so far, so that hunt will continue until February 15 or until the quota of 200 whitetails is reached.

All harvested animals are being sampled and tested for CWD, a fatal disease that affects deer, elk and moose.

Six cases were discovered in Carbon County during the regular hunting season, prompting the special hunt.

Gibson says FWP expects the first of the special hunt test results back any day now. Those results will give state officials a sense of the prevalence and distribution of the disease within Montana.

A second special CWD hunt near Chester in Northern Montana is set to begin on Saturday.

Maxine is the All Things Considered host and reporter for MTPR. She got her start at MTPR as a Montana News intern. She has also worked at KUNC in Northern Colorado and for Pacific Standard magazine as an editorial fellow covering wildfire and the environment.
Maxine graduated from the University of Montana with a master's degree in natural resource journalism and has a degree in creative writing from Vassar College. When she’s not behind the microphone you can find Maxine skiing, hiking with her not-so-well-behaved dogs, or lost in a book.
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