There will be changes to this fall’s whitetail deer hunt near Ingham County in Michigan.
The state’s first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered this past May in Ingham County. Since then, two more cases have been found.
Because of this, changes have been made for the hunting season, says the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The following video details those changes.
The first affected deer, a six-year-old female, was discovered in Meridian Township, east of Lansing. The deer was acting strangely, so the DNR killed the doe and had it tested.
The DNR went into emergency response mode when the tests came back positive.
“While it is a disappointing day for Michigan, the good news is that we are armed with a thoughtfully crafted response plan,” DNR Director Keith Creagh said. “We are working with other wildlife experts at the local, regional, state and federal level, using every available resource, to determine the extent of this disease, respond appropriately to limit further transmission, and ultimately eradicate the disease in Michigan if possible.”
The second case was a two-year-old male, found in July. In August, a five-year-old doe was found to have contracted CWD.