|In the wake of Monday’s announcement that Chronic Wasting Disease|
has been confirmed in a three-year old privately-owned white-tailed deer in Kent County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is acting immediately to implement provisions of the state’s Surveillance and Response Plan for CWD.
Among the provisions is an immediate ban on all baiting and feeding of
Bait and feed sites increase the likelihood that those areas will become contaminated with the feces of infected animals, making them a
Additionally, the provisions include a mandatory deer check for hunters who take a deer within Tyrone, Solon, Nelson, Sparta, Algoma, Courtland, Alpine, Plainfield, and Cannon townships, which contain the surveillance area or "hot zone." All hunters who take a deer during any deer hunting season this fall within the "hot zone" will be required to visit a DNR deer check station so that their deer can be tested for CWD.
The DNR currently is seeking locations for additional deer check
In addition, all transport of live wild deer, elk and moose will be
The DNR will act immediately to test an additional 300 deer within the "hot zone" in Kent County. The DNR will be cooperating with local
Landowners in Kent County "hot zone" who would like to obtain
DNR officials reminded citizens that, to date, there is no evidence
CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose.
More information about CWD is available on the State of Michigan’s
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