Montana Added To WDFW’s CWD State List

Even as Washington hunters fill Facebook with pictures of their trophy Montana bucks, WDFW this morning listed the Treasure State as a chronic wasting disease state, a move that impacts what parts of big game can be brought back west.

According to a note from the agency’s Wildlife Program, the emergency rule affects free-ranging mule deer, whitetails, elk and moose.

A RECENTLY UPDATED USGS NATIONAL WILDLIFE HEALTH CENTER MAP SHOWS A PORTION OF SOUTHCENTRAL MONTANA NOW AFFECTED BY THE SPREAD OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN WILD UNGULATES. (USGS)

To reduce the risk of spreading CWD, which was confirmed in a southcentral Montana muley recently, it means hunters can only bring back these items, according to WDFW:

Meat that has been deboned in the state or province where it was harvested and is imported as boned-out meat.

Skulls and antlers, antlers attached to the skull plate, or upper canine teeth (bugler, whistlers, ivories) from which all soft tissue has been removed.

Hides or capes without heads attached.

Tissue imported for use by a diagnostic or research laboratory.

Finished taxidermy mounts.

Those are the same rules that are in effect for 20 other states and two Canadian provinces, which include Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, and Albert and Saskatchewan.

Last week, an Oregon, man was cited for failure to follow import restrictions after bringing the carcass of a relative’s Montana buck — the one confirmed with CWD — to Madras.

WDFW says that it’s been testing Washington deer species for more than 20 years and has yet to detect CWD.

“We urge hunters to help us maintain our healthy deer, elk, and moose populations by complying with the restrictions outlined above. For more information regarding CWD, see the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/cwd/,“: the agency stated.

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