Montana officials approve extra deer hunt to slow CWD

High rates of chronic wasting disease in and around the Ruby Valley have prompted officials to ramp up the killing of white-tailed deer in nine hunting districts across southwest Montana.


Brian Wakeling, game management bureau chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said at a virtual Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Thursday that the prevalence of CWD in whitetails this year exceeded 40% in some areas around the Ruby Valley. The disease was first detected in the valley in 2019.