Cases of CWD continue to be reported across the Midwest
According to data from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, there is an area in Montana that is now a “hot spot” for chronic wasting disease.
In the southwest part of the state, almost 25 percent of the samples from Ruby Valley tested positive for CWD.
Officials have extended the hunting season for white-tailed deer to help with controlling the disease and to increase sampling data. The season is now until mid-February.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has also confirmed the state’s first case of CWD.
It came from a county north of Columbus; the white-tailed deer was harvested by a hunter.
The CDC has stated that CWD can remain in an environment for a long time, and can spread through a deer or elk population even after an infected animal has died.