CWD detected in buck harvested north of Belt
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 10, 2022
Wildlife health staff with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks detected chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a mule deer buck recently harvested from hunting district 405 about 10 miles north of the town of Belt.
This marks the first time CWD has been detected in this hunting district out of more than 100 deer sampled there over the last three years. FWP has conducted rotating surveillance for CWD throughout the state for several years, and HD 405 is within this year’s priority surveillance area.
CWD is a contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk, and moose. It is always fatal, and there is no known cure. It was first detected in Montana’s wild herds in 2017. The disease is known to exist in other parts of north-central Montana, especially north of Highway 2, as well as in other areas of the state.
Hunters play a significant role in CWD management by providing test samples from harvested animals. FWP has provided resources to help hunters collect and submit samples for free testing on their own. In addition, FWP offers several locations around the state where FWP staff will collect samples for hunters. These resources and others can be found at