The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has expanded the Core Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) area.
The expanded area now includes 17 townships. The area will continue to be referred to as Deer Management Unit (DMU) 333, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
“With the detection of CWD-positive deer in the southern part of Clinton County, we need to better understand the magnitude of the disease in those areas,” says Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “Expanding our surveillance to include those areas is key at this point, and we need help from landowners and hunters within the expanded zone to help us with this effort.”
DMU 333 now consists of Lansing, Meridian, Williamstown, Delhi, Alaiedon and Wheatfield townships in Ingham County; DeWitt, Bath, Watertown, Eagle, Westphalia, Riley, Olive and Victor townships in Clinton County; Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County, and Oneida and Delta townships in Eaton County.
In addition, the DNR says the CWD Management Zone also has expanded. The Zone, referred to as DMU 419, will now include the remainder of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties, as well as all of Ionia County.
The DNR also notes that CWD-related regulation changes have gone into effect. These include:
- Banning deer feeding and baiting on all properties within the Core CWD Area and Management Zone.
- Opening Eaton and Ionia counties to the early antlerless deer season.
- Allowing roadkill deer in the Core CWD Area to be possessed and kept with a DNR-issued salvage tag from a law enforcement officer or DNR employee, as long as the head is submitted to a DNR biologist, biologist appointee or check station.
Regulation reminders from the DNR include:
- Those hunting within the Core CWD Area are required to present the head of all hunter-harvested deer within 72 hours of harvest to a DNR deer check station.
- Hunters leaving the Core CWD Area are required to present the entire carcass of all hunter-harvested deer originating from the Core CWD Area within 72 hours of harvest to a DNR deer check station. A list of deer check stations is available at michigan.gov/deercheck.
- All live free-ranging deer from within the CWD Management Zone or Core CWD Area are prohibited from being rehabilitated. Permittees located within the CWD Management Zone or Core CWD Area may no longer rehabilitate deer.