IMPORTANT: Only two days left to comment before Montana’s upcoming CWD Management Plan. Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks is taking comments about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Please send your comments by Dec. 8th, 5:00 pm MT to [email protected] There will also be a meeting in Helena Montana open to the public on December 7th, 2017. You can attend this meeting at your FWP regional office if unable to be in Helena. http://fwp.mt.gov/doingBusiness/insideFwp/commission/meetings/agenda.html?meetingId=42312650
Montana is now one of 24 states and provinces with wild cervid populations infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Ironically, there were two infected mule deer recently killed by hunters south of Billings, near Wyoming, within days of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks’ release of its draft CWD management plan. The spread of Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD is spreading rapidly in Montana. Once contracted, it is an always-fatal disease that thrives in the nervous system of cervids (deer, elk, reindeer and moose). It can be passed on through saliva, urine, feces, spinal and brain fluids, etc. Similar diseases affect other animals such as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) which is also referred to as Mad Cow Disease. It’s also found in sheep, known as Scrapie. Interestingly enough, we already know that Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) — a sister disease to BSE and CWD — is capable of infecting humans.
Wolves have a unique ability to sense and exploit an ungulate weakness. They have a 100 times greater smelling ability than humans. They would prefer to kill an unhealthy ungulate then risk injury from a healthy ungulate. Wolves strengthen
Montana should take this very seriously. Will they consider the fact that the spreading of CWD will threaten tourism, hunting, outfitting and other outdoor related activities?
It would be financially beneficial to all interested parties to allow wolves and other Apex carnivores to assist in containing and controlling CWD. Currently, Montana is over elk objectives in many areas. Wolves are virtually being hunted with no quotas by bloodthirsty sociopaths that enjoy this sort of ‘sport’. What else must happen before this state realizes what a huge mistake is being made by allowing wolves to be slaughtered?
It’s time to let wolves and other carnivores be part of the solution. They can remove infected ungulates and the department spends no funding that will help contain and prevent the spread of CWD. Please be polite and email comment: