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Montana Facility To Begin Tests For Chronic Wasting Disease

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chronic Wasting Disease can affect deer, elk and moose.

Officials say Montana hunters will be able to submit meat for chronic wasting disease testing within the state by the next hunting season.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Sunday that a Bozeman testing facility is expected to reduce the usual waiting time for hunters to learn if meat is safe to eat.

The Montana Department of Livestock’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has purchased equipment to perform tests for the contagious neurological condition affecting deer, elk and moose.

An officials says that by focusing entirely on Montana samples the facility should be able to report results in days rather than weeks.

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