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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials say deer harvested in northern and southern Montana this fall tested positive for a brain wasting disease.

The deer were harvested in Liberty and Carbon counties, where animals have previously tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

However, the white-tailed buck killed in southern Liberty County was outside the CWD-positive area established after a deer killed in northern Liberty County tested positive for the disease. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks extended its CWD-positive area to include the entire county.

The mule deer doe killed northeast of Joliet in Carbon County was within the CWD-positive area.

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FWP would like hunters who kill deer, elk or moose in northern Montana from the Blackfeet Reservation to the North Dakota border to stop at check stations to have their animals tested for CWD.

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