CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

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CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby Corey Graff » Tue Aug 26, 2008 3:36 am

Michigan's First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kent
County Deer Breeding Facility.

The Michigan departments of Agriculture and Natural
Resources confirmed the state's first case of Chronic
Wasting Disease in a three-year old white-tailed deer from a
privately owned facility in Kent County.

The state has quarantined all POC facilities, prohibiting the movement
of all - dead or alive - privately-owned deer, elk or moose. Officials
do not yet know how the deer may have contracted the disease. To date,
there is no evidence that CWD presents a risk to humans.

DNR and MDA staff are currently reviewing records from the Kent County
facility and five others to trace deer that have been purchased, sold or
moved by the owners in the last five years for deer and the last seven
years for elk. Any deer that may have come in contact with the
CWD-positive herd have been traced to their current location and those
facilities have been quarantined.

"Michigan's veterinarians and wildlife experts have been working
throughout the weekend to complete their investigation," said Don
Koivisto, MDA director. "We take this disease very seriously, and are
using every resource available to us to implement response measures and
stop the spread of this disease."

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose.
Most cases of the disease have been in western states, but in the past
several years, it has spread to some midwestern and eastern states.
Infected animals display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and
physical debilitation.

Current evidence suggests that the disease is transmitted through
infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and
other fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by
direct exposure to these fluids or also from contaminated environments.
Once contaminated, research suggests that soil can remain a source of
infection for long periods of time, making CWD a particularly difficult
disease to eradicate.

"Currently, one of our top concerns is to confirm that the disease is
not in free-ranging deer," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "We
are asking hunters this fall to assist us by visiting check stations to
allow us to take biological samples from the deer they harvest, so we
can perform adequate surveillance of the free-ranging white-tailed deer
herd in the area."

Deer hunters this fall who take deer from Tyrone, Soldon, Nelson,
Sparta, Algoma, Courtland, Alpine, Plainfield, and Cannon townships will
be required to bring their deer to a DNR check station. Deer taken in
these townships are subject to mandatory deer check.

The DNR is also asking hunters who are participating in the private
land five-day antlerless hunt in September in other parts of Kent County
to visit DNR check stations in Kent County so further biological
samples can be taken from free-ranging deer for testing. The DNR is in
the process of finding additional locations for check stations in Kent
County to make it more convenient for hunters.

The deer that tested positive at the Kent County facility was a doe
that had been recently culled by the owner of the facility. Michigan law
requires sick deer or culled deer on a POC facility be tested for
disease. The samples from the Kent County deer tested "suspect
positive" last week at Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for
Population and Animal Health, and were sent to the National Veterinary
Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa last Thursday for confirmatory
testing. The positive results of those tests were communicated to the
state of Michigan today.

Audits of the facility by the DNR in 2004 and 2007 showed no escapes of
animals from the Kent County facility were reported by the owner. Also,
there were no violations of regulations recorded during the audits.

Since 2002, the DNR has tested 248 wild deer in Kent County for CWD. In
summer 2005, a number of those deer had displayed neurological symptoms
similar to CWD; however, after testing it was determined the deer had
contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

More information on CWD is available on Michigan's Emerging Diseases
Web site at <> .

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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby DeerCamp » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:03 am

This is terriable! I was scared that somthing like this was going to happen, however I knew that it was only a matter of time. I hope that we are able to contain it to only a few areas. I also hope the dnr doesnt let people go wild on the deer like they have for the areas with the tuberculosis, that is if there is a problem with the "free" deer. I know the artical said they it isnt a problem with "free ranging deer" but it could happen.  I hunt and have talked to people in those areas and they said that they have never shot a deer with tuberculosis. They go on to tell me that the dnr has made that a bigger deal then it should be. It's sad because there are hardly any deer in those areas now because the dnr is allowing people to kill so much. None the less this is really a big issue we have here and it's a bummer that it has happend. I hope that everything is done right to contain this and I can only hope that it hasnt gotten to a heard of deer in those facilitys.  I have a buddy of mine who lives up the road from me about 5 miles. They own a deer farm and have a bunch of deer in a fence like one of those facilitys. It will be interesting to talk to him to see what he thinks about his.
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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby gunther89 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:03 am

DeerCamp i hear ya, I hunt in WI in a CWD zone.  Where we hunt the deer look healthy and the dnr is going pyscho over it.  They feel that by killing every deer in the core zone will get rid of the disease, but it won't.  Pray that it doesn't go to free ranging whitetails cause if it does you can look forward to longer hunting seasons and more deer being shot.  

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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby WiredToHunt » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:53 am

I'm really worried about this, as I actually live and hunt in Kent County. Lets hope this can be contained.

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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby stumpsitter66 » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:25 am

Holy macaroni, this is serious. I just hope they dont find it in the wild herd. I must admit however that it doesn't surprise me. After they found it in Wisconsin I just figured it would be a matter of time until they found it in MI also. Does anyone know how their efforts in WI are going? Have they contained it there?

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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby Goose » Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:41 am

I live and hunt in WI but not the CWD zones. In my opinion the DNR tried to do the right thing but it was proved to be horribly wrong. From what Ive read it can stay in the soil upto 15 years or longer so it is pretty much impossible to get rid of. Why kill all the deer. its not going to work this way admit it and move on.....The local hunters are disqusted and I cant blame them. Ive seen some articles on studies done by respectable deer bioligists and they strongly disagree with the way it was handled. In fact I cant remember anybody but the DNR or gov. saying this is the right way to handle it.
When they discovered VHS in our water system last year they didnt kill all the fish in the Winnebago system! I dont know the right answer and Im no scientist but I think the problem will take care of itself and if its not causing illness to humans let nature take care of it. Should you take certain measures to reduce the risk of transferring it ? absolutely ! Should you kill all the deer and upset all the landowners and sportsman? absolutely not!
Just my 2 cents.

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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby schlupis » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:12 am

Michigan I feel for you and hope that if it does go to free ranging deer which it probably will that your state doesnt handle it like Wisconsin. that cwd zone is just a slaughter house for deer, hunters are encouraged to kill every deer they see and tags are unlimited kill a doe kill a buck get new tags. After the kill the deer is taken tested and disposed of seems like a waste to me.  they will never be able to get rid of the disease completley because it stays in the soil and deer are always touching noses and when they come in contact with each other.
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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby EatDeer » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:40 pm

  I hope the MI. DNR has learned a lesson from how the WIS. DNR totaly dictated the erradication policy to the  state's hunters. The hunter envolvement in the deer season after the state DNR/ hunter meetings was greatly reduced.    
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RE: CWD Confirmed In Michigan Deer

Postby EatDeer » Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:50 am

Michigan deer hunters applauded the DNR efforts to fight CWD.
"Let a young buck go, so he can grow."

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