4 deer testing positive for CWD in Michigan.

Posted by Bruce Carroll on December 21, 2015 in Uncategorized, State News ; Michigan

Contact: Chad Stewart, 517-641-4903, ext. 263 or 517-282-4810

During the recent firearm deer season, a deer hunter from Dewitt Township in Clinton County which is in the middle of the Chronic Wasting Disease area in Michigan, harvested a young 11/2 year old buck.  He brought it to the DNR’s Rose Lake deer check station, and it was tested and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa that the deer had tested positive for CWD.

By mid December he Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported a total of 3,695 deer in Michigan this year have been tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD).   The total of 4 deer have been tested positive for CWD.

The DNR strongly encourages all hunters within Eaton County and areas close to it  to voluntarily stop baiting and feeding, continue hunting and, most importantly, bring harvested deer into a DNR check station.

“Deer hunters in DMU 333 have been a great help by bringing in their deer to be tested. We couldn’t be more thankful or impressed with their dedication to the resource,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “We continue to need their help and are also asking Eaton County hunters to join our efforts. In addition, we have begun conversations with DeWitt Township, and they, too, are becoming great partners in this fight against CWD.”

CWD is a nasty fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids, or from environments contaminated with these fluids or the carcass of a diseased animal.

Some chronically CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and physical debilitation; however, deer can be infected without showing internal or external symptoms for many years. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die.

To date, there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease presents any risk to non-cervids, including humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals.

The DNR provides weekly CWD updates at mi.gov/cwd. Announcements of additional CWD-positive deer also will be posted online.

 Eaton County hunters are urged to voluntarily check deer and stop baiting and feeding deer, which could help stop the spreading of CWD to other healthy herds of deer.


for more info Contact: Chad Stewart, 517-641-4903, ext. 263 or 517-282-4810

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