Officials suspect chronic wasting disease in Michigan deer

Officials suspect chronic wasting disease in Michigan deer

Officials suspect chronic wasting disease in Michigan deer

Hunters harvesting deer in these townships are required to submit deer heads for testing within 72 hours of harvest. The decrease appeared in Ross county as well, with Ross hunters checking 128 deer this year, down from 162.

"We want to thank hunters who have brought their deer to our check stations for sampling", he said. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online. Additional restrictions would include a ban on feeding deer and a quarantine on the area, preventing deer from leaving the area until the carcass is confirmed to be disease-free. They were the only deer to test positive out of almost 2,500 samples collected during the main firearms season, which ran from November 5 to November 13.

The DNR says an increase in deer activity this time of year leads to more road-killed deer, which attracts animals, such as eagles, to the carcasses for a free meal.

"These individual acts matter in protecting the health of the deer herd".

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CWD is not known to affect human health, but has become a chief concern of the state agency.

Once the agency gets those samples back, determines the outlines of the management zone it will impose and conducts aerial population surveys, Cornicelli said, it will try to reduce the zone's deer population as much as possible to reduce the opportunities for spreading the disease deer-to-deer. Sample collection could take the form of a late winter deer hunt, landowner shooting permits and sharpshooting in conjunction with cooperating landowners who provide permission.

CWD is a brain disease fatal to deer, elk and moose. The disease was first detected in Minnesota in 2009 on a domestic elk farm near Pine Island in southeastern Minnesota. Wisconsin has 43 counties affected and it has also been detected in Iowa's Allamakee County. Because CWD can be transmitted from deer to deer, it's widely believed that one of the best ways to quash an outbreak is to prevent animals from coming into contact with each other - by reducing the density of animals in a given area. The deer could have contracted the disease from other deer, or the saliva of other deer, or from the environment itself. "We were proactively looking for the disease, a proven strategy that allows us to manage CWD by finding it early, reacting quickly and aggressively to control it and hopefully eliminating its spread", he said in a news release.

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