White Tailed Deer Recovering in Eastern and Central Montana

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White-tailed deer populations in eastern and central Montana, hit hard last fall with a deadly disease common to white-tailed deer, are in the process of recovering and no incidences of the insect-borne disease have emerged this year, according to FWP wildlife bureau chief Glenn Erickson. "The disease occurs where whitetail populations are denser and when frost doesn't occur until late in the fall," Erickson said.

Last year epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), sometimes called bluetongue disease after a similar disease in livestock, was reported in FWP Regions 4, 5, 6 and 7.

This year the populations are recovering naturally, and according to Erickson, while hunters may notice fewer white-tailed deer than usual in some locations hit by the disease, hunting should be the same or slightly improved over last season.