For deer herds around the United States, chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fact of life.
It’s also a fact that there are a lot of myths out there associated with the disease.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is trying a unique way to educate the public on the myths and truths of CWD.
They’re playing mythbusters.
No, DNR staff aren’t sitting around watching the television show On Demand of DVD. For the next 10 weeks, the DNR is running a mythbusting CWD campaign on the state website of Emerging Disease Issues.
The first myth being busted? That the disease wipes out deer herds.
The mythbusting campaign comes at a time when the DNR expanded the CWD core area and management zone.
The expanded area now includes 17 townships in an area in the central-lower area of the state’s Lower Peninsula.
“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.
The DNR’s mythbusting campaign should help the public better understand the disease.