CWD meeting

FWP has scheduled a meeting on Dec. 14 in Joliet to discuss chronic wasting disease.

CASEY PAGE, GAZETTE STAFF

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a public meeting in Joliet on Dec. 14 to talk about chronic wasting disease and a special deer hunt this winter.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Joliet Community Center. During the meeting FWP wildlife officials will talk about CWD and a planned special hunt and answer questions.

CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and moose. Geographically it is a slow-moving disease. However, left unmanaged, it could result in long-term population declines within affected herds.

Five mule deer and one white-tailed doe harvested by hunters in Carbon County recently tested positive for CWD — the first ever in the state’s wildlife populations. As a result, FWP has proposed a special two-month hunt to gather information about the distribution and prevalence of CWD in south-central Montana.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide specifics of the hunt, including the number of licenses, harvest quotas, hunt boundaries and other rules.

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