30 confirmed cases of CWD in white-tailed deer since 2015
MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has identified that a total of 30 free-ranging white-tailed deer are confirmed or suspected to have chronic wasting disease.
Since May 2015 the DNR has tested approximately 23,000 deer for CWD. 30 of those cases have been suspected or confirmed in deer in Clinton, Ingham, Kent and Montcalm counties.
Four deer in Clinton County have tested positive for CWD between 2015 and 2016. So far in 2017 one CWD suspect has been identified in Westphalia Township.
Five deer from Ingham County tested positive in 2015 and 2016 and no cases have been reported so far in 2017.
There have been 17 cases in Montcalm County and three cases in Kent County. This is the first year any CWD cases have been reported in both counties.
“The fact that we have likely found so many additional CWD-positive deer is a major concern for Michigan’s deer population,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “However, Michigan has a comprehensive CWD response and surveillance plan to guide our actions, and we will continue working with hunters and taking proactive measures to contain this disease.”
The DNR recommends that hunters who harvest deer in Clinton, Kent, Ingham and Montcalm counties have their deer tested by bringing them to a deer check station.