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DNR warns hunters about Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer

Posted: 10:49 AM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 14:57:31Z

The Department of Natural Resources is warning hunters about a deadly disease found in Michigan's deer population.

The DNR started identifying Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in 2015, since then there have been 62 deer found in the state with the sickness.

The disease is like Mad Cow Disease and is deadly once a deer gets it. It is also contagious because a deer can get it from another infected deer or the environment.

There isn't always a way to tell if a deer is sick by simply looking at it, so they DNR wants hunters to get their deer checked so they can get a better handle of where the infected animals are and learn more about it and its effects on humans.

"This is probably one of the top-ranking departmental concerns that we have here at the DNR because deer are such a valuable resource to us and the uncertainty with the human health side is a concern as well. So it's important to be prudent and cautious with that as well," DNR Deer Managment Specialist Chad Stewart said.

For more about CWD, visit www.michigan.gov/CWD.