State game managers say another white-tailed deer is likely positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Libby. If confirmed, this would be the tenth deer to test positive since the spring.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Monday that a doe found dead on a
residential property on the west side of town tested positive for the fatal
disease. A second test will be run to confirm the finding.
This would be the tenth deer to test positive out of about 140 samples collected in and
FWP spokesperson Dillon Tabish said the agency will use hunters this fall to
collect samples outside of the urban area.
“Now that hunting season is underway and we’re establishing the Libby CWD management
zone, we’ll be collecting samples from hunters in a bigger 10-mile radius,”
Tabish explained. “That’s where we will really get a clear idea if CWD has
spread outside of that urban area.”
FWP has already begun trapping deer in town and issued hundreds of additional tags this season in an effort to collect 400 samples. That will help managers determine whether
FWP is also asking hunters in the Libby CWD management zone to review new hunting
requirements in the area.