HELENA — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), an always fatal prion disease that affects the nervous system of deer, elk and moose, was first confirmed in Montana in 2017.
The Montana Environmental Quality Council heard testimony earlier this week from CWD experts from Wyoming, Colorado and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who shared their advice on managing the prion disease, and its potential risks.
Dr. Mike Miller with Colorado Division of Wildlife, who has been studying CWD for the past 35 years, is encouraging Montana to continue to have an active approach towards management.
“There was about a 10-plus year period when [Colorado] really deemphasized our attention on CWD,” said Miller. “We looked away and that was probably one of the more serious mistakes that we made, because it turns out the disease doesn’t go away. It doesn’t stop what it’s doing and you ignoring it doesn’t make it better.”