Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is offering free clinics to teach hunters how to collect lymph node samples from animals to have them tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) as hunting season gets underway.
CWD is a progressive, fatal neurological disease that infects members of the deer family, such as mule and white-tailed deer, elk, and moose.
Animals may be infected and contagious for a very long time, sometimes two years or longer, before symptoms appear.
An animal can appear perfectly healthy and still be infected which is why testing is so important.
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