Brett French reports: New CWD test shows potential for use of live animals
By angelamontana

Posted: April 15, 2021

A new way to test for chronic wasting disease has been developed by the National Institutes of Health lab in Hamilton that shows promise for testing live animals. The test used a punch to take tissue from mule deer ears. The deer had been killed by hunters in Colorado and appeared to be healthy. Yet the test detected CWD in almost half the animals. Early detection of CWD in wildlife would help managers remove the individuals before they had a chance to spread the infection. The test is not quite there yet, but it’s nice to have hope for an affliction that always proves fatal and is spreading across Montana. To learn more, read my story at

Written by Brett French – Outdoor Editor for the Billings Gazette/Montana Untamed
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