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Environment & Climate Change

Investigation of Chronic Wasting Disease shifting

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State wildlife officials are shifting their investigation into Chronic Wasting Disease in deer in mid-Michigan.  

The Department of Natural Resources has examined the brains of roughly 600 deer since the first case of CWD was confirmed in Ingham County in May. In all, three have tested positive for the fatal neurological disease.

Chad Fedewa is with the DNR. He says until now, professional sharpshooters have been used to collect deer.

“Over the next couple of weeks, the USDA is going to stop the sharpshooting in that area,” says Fedewa, “We are going to shift and rely on hunters to help collect those samples for us to monitor the disease.”

State officials are urging hunters in the special CWD management zone to cooperate this fall and turn over their deer to the DNR for examination. 

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