State wildlife officials report that another white-tailed deer is suspected to have chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Libby.
If confirmed by lab tests it would mark the sixth case of CWD in the Libby area.
The first case west of the Continental Divide was reported within the Libby city limits in May.
The latest sample was collected from a road-killed doe along U.S. Highway 2 near Flower Creek.
A lab in Colorado will run further tests to confirm the CWD infection.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has submitted 66 samples (59 white-tailed deer, six mule deer, and one moose) for CWD testing.
FWP is hosting upcoming public information meetings about CWD in Northwest Montana.
CWD Public Information Meetings in Northwest Montana
Friday, Aug. 16 – Libby, Ponderosa Room, City Hall, 952 East Spruce St., Noon
Monday, Aug. 19 – Eureka, Glacier Bank, 222 Dewey Ave, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 21 – Polson, Kwataqnuk Resort, 49708 US 93, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22 – Trout Creek, Lakeside Resort, 2955 Montana Hwy. 200, 6 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 26 – Kalispell, FWP Region 1 Office, 490 N. Meridian, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Libby, Ponderosa Room, City Hall, 952 East Spruce St., 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Kalispell, FWP Region 1 Office (in conjunction with Flathead Wildlife, Inc., 7 p.m.)