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A chronic wasting disease sample collected by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks in late October from a hunter-killed deer was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease.
The sample was collected from a mule deer buck harvested in hunting district 510 south of Billings. The animal was killed in an area with a mixture of private and public land 10 miles southeast of Bridger. A second sample collected from the animal is being sent to the lab at Colorado State University for further testing, with results expected next week. If the result is positive, it will mark the first time CWD has appeared in wild deer, elk or moose in Montana.
FWP has notified the hunter who submitted the suspect sample and landowners in the area where the deer was harvested. Though typically it takes one sample test to determine whether an animal is positive for CWD, that wasn’t the case here. Though the sample is considered suspect at this point, it is very rare that a suspect sample isn’t ultimately found positive. Therefore, FWP is moving forward as if the deer will ultimately be determined positive for CWD.
“We’ve suspected it wasn’t a matter of if, but when CWD would show up in Montana,” said Ken McDonald, FWP wildlife division administrator. “Fortunately, we’ve done a lot of work to prepare for this, and are hopeful the prevalence will be low as we work toward managing the disease.”
FWP has recently updated its CWD response plan, which was presented to the Fish and Wildlife Commission on Tuesday and is now open for public comment.
In accordance with the response plan, FWP director Martha Williams assembled an incident command team to respond to the detection. The incident command team will define an initial response area (IRA) around where the infected animal was harvested, and may recommend a special CWD hunt. The specifics of this hunt would be determined by the incident command team.
The goal of a special CWD hunt would be to collect enough samples to determine disease prevalence and distribution. CWD can only be effectively detected in samples from dead animals. FWP would rely on hunters to harvest enough animals to make these determinations.
CWD is a progressive, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of mule deer, white- tailed deer, elk and moose. It is part of a group of diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). TSEs are caused by infectious, mis-folded prion proteins, which cause normal prion proteins throughout a healthy animal’s body to mis-fold, resulting in organ damage and eventual death.
CWD is a slow-moving disease. However, left unmanaged, it could result in long-term population declines within affected herds. All the states and provinces that border Montana, other than Idaho and British Columbia, have found CWD in their wild cervids. The closest positive to Montana was in Wyoming, about 8 miles south of the Montana border and less than 50 miles southeast of where Montana’s suspect deer was harvested.
Though there is no evidence CWD is transmissible to humans, it is recommended to never ingest meat from animals that appear to be sick or are known to be CWD positive. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends hunters who have harvested a deer, elk, or moose from a known CWD-infected area have the animal tested prior to consuming it. If hunters harvest an animal that appears to be sick, the best thing to do is contact FWP and have the animal inspected.
Some simple precautions should be taken when field dressing deer, elk or moose:
Wear rubber gloves and eye protection when field dressing.
Minimize the handling of brain and spinal tissues.
Wash hands and instruments thoroughly after field dressing is completed.
Avoid consuming brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen, tonsils and lymph nodes of
harvested animals. (Normal field dressing coupled with boning out of a carcass will
essentially remove all of these parts.)
FWP is currently in year one of a revamped CWD surveillance program. Department staff
are collecting CWD samples from hunters in this year’s priority area of south central Montana. Most samples are collected from game check stations and cooperating meat processors and taxidermists. Hunters who submit a sample will receive a card with a sample number. That number can be checked online along with the list of results at fwp.mt.gov/CWD.
Should this suspect sample be determined to be positive, FWP will move quickly to communicate with local landowners, government agencies and the public about plans for a special hunt. The success of any CWD hunt will depend largely on the cooperation from everyone involved.
In the meantime, FWP will be encouraging all hunters harvesting deer within that area (hunting districts 502 and 510) to get them sampled. This can be done by visiting the Laurel check station, which is open on weekends, or by contacting or visiting the FWP regional office in Billings at 406-247-2940.
For more information and to look at test results, go online to fwp.mt.gov/cwd.
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Given the recent significant weather event and large migration of elk, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued an emergency closure of elk hunting in portions of Hunting District 313 including Crevice Mountain, Deckard Flats, Eagle Creek, and Little Trail Creek areas* effective Tuesday, Nov. 7 at noon through Sunday, Nov. 12.
The objective of this closure is to reduce the harvest pressure on elk in cases where large migrations occur during the general season to an area in which they are greatly vulnerable. This is now the case in hunting district 313 with significant snowfall in surrounding areas. Authority to institute this emergency closure in this area was granted by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2016. This closure applies to elk only. The legal description of the closure boundary is included below.
*Deckard - Little Trail Creek Elk Hunting Closure: Those portions of Park County lying within the following-described boundary: Beginning at the confluence of the Yellowstone River and Little Trail Creek northwest of Gardiner, then northeasterly along Little Trail Creek up to its headwaters, then easterly to the USFS Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Boundary, then easterly along said boundary to the North Fork of Bear Creek, then southeasterly along said creek to its confluence with Bear Creek, then northerly along said creek to the confluence of Pine Creek, then easterly along said Creek to the intersection with the USFS Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Boundary, then southerly along said boundary to the boundary with Yellowstone National Park, then westerly along said boundary to the confluence of the Yellowstone River and Reese Creek west of the town of Gardiner, then westerly along the Yellowstone River to its confluence with Little Trail Creek, the point of beginning (see attached map).
Montana State University’s Extended University and the Montana Institute on Ecosystems have launched a statewide geocaching project linked to the publication of the Montana Climate Assessment. Through a series of trackable game pieces hidden around the state of Montana and discoverable by GPS coordinates, participants can learn about Montana’s climate zones and the MCA, a statewide scientific report on Montana’s past and future climate trends. The MCA was published in September.
One MCA Geocoin – a special trackable game piece – will be placed in each of Montana’s 56 counties. Each geocoin has a unique tracking code, and geocachers who discover a geocoin can log it online and then move it to another geocache. A map of each coin’s movements can be found on Geocaching.com. Each MCA Geocoin also has an educational moment built into its online description so those who find it can learn about Montana’s climate. All geocachers can join in on the search.
Project organizers are looking for one geocacher in each Montana county who is able to hide an MCA Geocoin in their area. Other geocachers can then discover the coins and move them from geocache to geocache. It’s free to sign up for an account and start playing.
Geocachers who are interested in hiding a coin should visit http://eu.montana.edu/climb/geocaching to access the sign-up form. A geocaching.com user name is required, and experience hiding a trackable is recommended.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which participants use the Geocaching® app and GPS-enabled devices (which includes smartphones) to find geocaches, which are containers cleverly hidden around the globe. Millions of people around the world are active geocachers, and more than 1 million geocaches are hidden in the United States alone.
Other partners include MSU Extension, the U.S. Geological Survey Glacier Field Station, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Gallatin Valley Geocachers and the University of Montana Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 2017
The three bridges along the Gallagator Trail in Bozeman received much needed upgrades in October. The Gallagator Trail is an old railway line that carried passengers, mail and cargo from Bozeman to Salesville, now Gallatin Gateway, starting in the early 1900’s. The fare was fifty cents and the 21.8 mile trip took about an hour each way. The train was slow, moving at an alligator’s pace, and was dubbed the ‘Gallagator’ line by locals. The last freight train rumbled by on this bed in 1978 and the name stuck when it was converted into a trail and linear park in 1988.
After years as a railway, and decades of heavy trail use, the decking and railings on the three bridges along the Gallagator Trail were in serious need of repair. While the structure was solid (they were engineered to carry trains!) the decking was pitted, splintered, and created safety concerns for bicyclists. The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) partnered with the City of Bozeman to replace the decking in a perpendicular orientation which is much safer for bicyclists. New, more secure railings were also installed to allow for safe viewing of the stream below. Recently GVLT installed trail counters on the Gallagator Trail to see just how much traffic the trail receives and the numbers are astonishing. With 800-1,000 users per day in the summer along this stretch of trail, the safety improvements are important for our community. One day during Sweet Pea Festival weekend totaled over 2,000 users!
GVLT secured grant funding for this project from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Recreational Trails Program. The overall cost of this important trail improvement was around $40,000.
Portions of the trail were closed while contractors made the bridge improvements. The public’s patience and respect of the process was appreciated. GVLT and partners will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Gallagator Trail bridges on November 2nd at 5pm at the northern bridge, closest to Peets Hill. The public is welcome to join us to celebrate the completion of the project.
About Gallatin Valley Land Trust
Gallatin Valley Land Trust connects people, communities, and open lands through conservation of working farms and ranches, healthy rivers, and wildlife habitat, and the creation of trails in the Montana headwaters of the Missouri and Upper Yellowstone Rivers. For more information, visit www.gvlt.org.
Carole and Dan Sullivan would like to invite you to come help commemorate 20 years of serving up fresh food for Livingston with a 20 day celebration at Mustang.
The 20th customer each day that dines at Mustang for lunch or dinner between November 1st and November 20th will win a $20 gift card.
A Grand Prize drawing will take place on the 20th day of the celebration. Join Mustang for lunch or dinner on November 20th and be entered for a chance to win Dinner and a Show for 2! Dinner is valued at $100 plus 2 tickets to any show at the Shane Center for the 2017-2018 season.
There will also be social giveaways, so be sure to like their Facebook page and follow them on Instagram for a chance to win some other great prizes throughout the 20 day celebration.
Founded in 1997 by Carole Sullivan, Mustang Fresh Food (then Mustang Catering) specialized in providing Paradise Valley and Livingston with distinctive menus custom designed to fit each client’s wishes.
In 2001, along with her husband Dan, they opened a restaurant serving uniquely prepared sandwiches, soups, salads and warm entrees using the freshest ingredients.
In 2014, Carole released her cookbook New Frontier Cooking and Mustang moved into their final home in downtown Livingston at 112 North Main Street.
Carole and her team continue to innovate and bring fresh new foods and experiences to downtown Livingston. This past spring, Mustang expanded their offering to include casual but elegant dinners as well as a thoughtful variety of beer and wine selections. The dinner menu, which changes seasonally, includes contemporary cuisine with flavors from around the world.
“I’m really grateful to the Livingston community for allowing me to do what I love these past 20 years.” said Carole. “We are thrilled to have you share in the celebration.”
Mustang Fresh Food is located at 112 Main Street and is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2017
Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2017
Bozeman artist Kara Tripp will exhibit recent oil paintings in the Atrium Gallery at the Bozeman Public Library November 1 through December 31, 2017
The Bozeman Public Library Foundation, sponsors of the exhibit, will host an artist’s reception on Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public. Tripp is a palette-knife oil painter and Montana native. Her work is recognizable by the blend of traditional subjects and bold technique.
Kara’s favorite subjects include pheasants and bison. Her sole use of a palette knife adds a fresh, contemporary twist to her paintings, often resembling mosaic or collage. Her work was chosen as the 2014 Sweet Pea Poster and she won Best in Show at the Sweet Pea art show in 2013, ‘14, and ‘15. Tripp earned an AA at Cottey College in Missouri and a BA in Chemical Engineering at Montana State University. In 2014 she opened Tripp Studio at the Emerson Center in Bozeman.
Her work is represented in galleries in Montana, Arizona, and Vermont and can be seen online at KaraTrippArtist.com. The exhibition will be on display during Library hours. A percentage of sales will go to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation to ensure continuation of cultural programs at the Library for public benefit.
For more information about the exhibit or opening reception, please call Sarah DeOpsomer at 582-2425 or email email@example.com.