Montana is searching for ways to manage Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, elk and moose -and the answer may be a natural one. Norman Bishop, a retired wolf interpreter, believes that protecting select predators may be an effective solution to eliminating the disease.
Under the current plan, the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks are conducting survey hunts to identify hot-spots of CWD.
Survey hunts have cost tens of millions of dollars in other states* with similar campaigns and many of those hunts were unable to reduce the disease in animal populations.
Bishop noted that wolves and mountain lions are able to detect diseased prey, even those who do not appear to be sick, and are effective at selecting those with disadvantages or disabilities.
*Wisconsin – $27 million