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Chronic wasting disease detected in a white-tailed deer near Livingston

Map of chronic wasting disease samples in Montana collected from 05/16/17 - 12/08/21
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Map of chronic wasting disease samples in Montana collected from 05/16/17 - 12/08/21

Chronic wasting disease was recently detected for the first time near Livingston.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says the always fatal contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk and moose was found in a white-tailed deer in hunting district 317 southeast of Livingston and north of Yellowstone Park.

That area is within a priority surveillance area where state wildlife officials are trying to learn more about the disease's possible spread.

The state wildlife agency says CWD is not known to infect humans. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people not eat meat from infected animals and have harvested animals tested before eating them if they were taken from an area where CWD is known to exist.