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White-tailed deer.
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The number of white-tailed deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease continues to climb in Libby. Eighteen white-tailed deer have now tested positive since the count started this spring.

Hunter-harvested deer are expected to shed more light on the spread of the disease when general rifle season starts later this month.


Montana officials are expanding restrictions on the transport of big game animals to prevent the spread of a fatal disease.

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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.

White-tailed deer.
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It’s been two years since Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was detected in Montana’s deer herds, and in May the disease popped up in the northwest corner of the state in Libby. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has a plan to manage the fatal disease based on its prevalence, a strategy born from more than 20 years of trial and error across the country.

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The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is wrapping up a series of public meetings on Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD. This week, the agency explained its initial management strategy for the Libby area where six white-tailed deer have tested positive for the fatal disease.

CWD was detected in Libby this spring. It’s the first case of the disease showing up in a wild herd in western Montana.

White-tailed deer.
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Hundreds of white-tailed deer tags for a special chronic wasting disease (CWD) hunt near Libby sold out in about two hours Monday. The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the hunt will help managers understand the prevalence of the disease and reduce its spread.

Do Bobcats Kill Deer? 'Field Notes' Investigates

Mar 26, 2019
Bobcat kittens
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Bobcats are relatively common in patchy habitats all across the U.S., but we don’t see them often because they are crepuscular or nocturnal and well camouflaged. But after a recent bobcat sighting, I'll be on the lookout for bobcats much more than I have before.

White-tailed deer.
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Scientists don’t seem fazed by the discovery of a deer with a fatal neurological disease only about 25 miles east of Yellowstone National Park. A whitetail buck taken by a hunter in Wyoming tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease on November first.

'Field Notes:' Deer In The Spotlight

Nov 8, 2015
White-tailed doe.
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As they grazed on the grasses in a small break in the forest, and I held my breath to keep from scaring them off, I realized the white-tailed deer's abundance didn’t take away from their significance.