Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a Montana mule deer has been confirmed on the northern border with Canada.
The deadly disease was found in a deer shot on November 12 in hunting district 401 in Liberty County near the Canadian border.
The test results mark the fifth incident of the disease discovered in Montana wild deer this fall. Officials say the disease has nearly surrounded the state in the past years - reports in Wyoming, North and South Dakota and Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. Thursday the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will decide specifics of the hunt - including numbers of licenses, harvest quotas, hunt boundaries and other rules. State wildlife officials are planning to hold a special hunt in that area, which is around the town of Bridger, to gauge the disease's prevalence.
It has not been determined yet if a special hunt will occur at the site of the latest detection north of Chester.
Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system of deer, elk and moose.
Though there is no evidence it is transmissible to humans, it is recommended to never ingest meat from animals that appear to be sick or are known to have chronic wasting disease.