Residents within 20 miles of Libby can expect a letter soon from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as they continue to try to educate about Chronic Wasting Disease.
The letter discusses the 10-mile radius initial response area that FWP representatives have talked about in preceding public meetings and distributed materials.
FWP may begin sampling deer in town by late summer. In previous meetings, FWP representatives have said they will likely use live traps to capture deer.
Live deer cannot be tested for CWD.
Sampling will continue outside of town during hunting season.
Lincoln County Road Crews are depositing road-killed deer in a bear-proof container at the Lincoln County Landfill, from which FWP can collect the deer heads for sampling, said Bryan Alkire, the manager of Lincoln County Solid Waste.
The carcasses are then buried four-feet-deep in the county landfill to stop scavengers from reaching them.
Dillon Tabish, FWP Region 1, said FWP has submitted samples for additional deer, and are awaiting results.
The Lincoln County Commissioners made board appointments at their Wednesday meeting as follows:
•Lincoln County Library Board: two vacancies, Marilyn McDougall reappointed, Annie Gassmann appointed.
•Boyd Hill Cemetery Advisory Board: one vacancy, Camille Leidigh reappointed.
•Fisher River FSA Board: two vacancies, Robin Swimley and George Neils reappointed.
•Troy Area Dispatch Board: two vacancies, one application received, Roger Gilligan reappointed.
•Airport Board: two vacancies, Martha Hendrickson reappointed, Glenn Whitfield appointed.
•McCormick Fire Board: one vacancies, no applicants received.
•Troy Park Board: two vacancies, Sheila Etienne reappointed and Alinon Arpin appointed.