HELENA — Four more deer killed by hunters in Montana have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says 26 deer in all have tested positive for the deadly brain wasting disease, which also can affect the nervous systems of elk and moose.
Test results after the close of Montana’s hunting season show the four deer, taken along the Hi-Line in northern Montana, had the disease.
Twenty-one deer along the Hi-Line and five deer south of Billings tested positive.
State officials urge hunters to dispose of all animal parts in solid waste landfills to help stop the spread of the disease. Any part of a carcass left undisposed can transmit the disease for at least two years.