So far this year, 22 deer are strongly suspected of having Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The latest nine suspected deer were in surveillance samples taken during the last week of general hunting season in November. Greg Lemon of the Montana FWP said six of the deer were from Blaine and Valley Counties along the Hi-Line in Northern Montana and two mule deer and one white-tailed deer tested positive south of Billings in Phillips County, outside of an already identified CWD area.

Lemon said that hunters should dispose of carcasses in a solid waste landfill, since any part of a CWD-infected carcass can transmit the disease for at least two years. There's more information online at the Montana FWP website.