DNR confirms the fourth case of this deadly disease in Clinton County.
The Michigan department of natural resources has confirmed reports last week that a deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Clinton County.
The discovery is the fourth such positive case in the state. The previous three discoveries came from neighboring Ingham County.
In a press release, the state said a 1.5-year-old buck was harvested during firearms season in Dewitt Township. Subsequent testing confirmed the animal was positive for the neurological disease CWD.
CWD is a fast-spreading and debilitating disease that leads to abnormal behavior and ultimately, death in deer, elk and moose. It spreads quickly in saliva or bodily fluids. The DNR reports 3,695 deer have been tested so far this year.
“Deer hunters in DMU 333 have been a great help by bringing in their deer to be tested, “ said DNR deer specialist Chad Stewart. “We couldn’t be more thankful or impressed with their dedication to the resource.”
Because of the newest discovery’s proximity to Eaton County, the DNR is now asking for the public’s help there, too. “In addition, we have begun conversations with DeWitt Township, and they, too, are becoming great partners in this fight against CWD,” Stewart said in the release.
The Michigan DNR has been extra vigilant about CWD this year. There have been concerns that Wisconsin’s moving to online-only deer checks might lead to infected dead animals being brought into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The resulted in the DNR starting an awareness campaign to make hunters aware of precautions required by law before importing deer into the state.
They showed how serious they were taking the issue when DNR officials seized six deer being illegally transported to the state earlier this month.
The DNR is continuing to encourage all hunters to have their deer tested for the deadly disease. Let’s hope this is the only positive test for Michigan this year.