As the Senate makes an attempt at drafting a Farm Bill, Tester is calling on his colleagues to include language that would allow for funding of research into chronic wasting disease.
The fatal, neurological disease can infect deer, elk and moose. It had been recorded in 22 states, and this fall Montana made No. 23. It results in weight loss and eventually death – and the CDC recommends hunters not eat the meat of infected animals.
CWD poses a serious threat to Montana’s $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy, and Tester’s bill would help state and tribal agencies stop its spread by establishing research grants, implementing management plans and establishing a rapid response protocol for newly infected areas.