CWD Is Spreading, New Positive

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  1. Luv2hunteup

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    - DNR NEWS -
    Oct. 24, 2019

    Contact: Chad Stewart, 517-282-4810

    DNR reports CWD-positive deer in Hamilton Township, Gratiot County
    Hunters encouraged to check deer in southeastern Gratiot and southwestern Saginaw counties
    A 2-year-old, hunter-harvested doe from Hamilton Township, in Gratiot County, Michigan, recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease – the second confirmed CWD-positive wild deer from that county. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said that tissue samples were sent to the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for confirmation.

    Gratiot County’s first CWD-positive deer was discovered in late 2018. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, elk and moose. To date, the disease also has been confirmed in Clinton, Dickinson, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm counties.

    “When we find CWD a few townships over from a prior detection in the same county, it becomes increasingly important to discover if and where additional cases might be within that county,” said DNR deer and elk specialist Chad Stewart. “In light of this new detection, we ask hunters in southeastern Gratiot and southwestern Saginaw counties, especially, to have their deer tested this year.”

    Nearby deer check stations and drop boxes are available at the DNR field office in St. Charles, McNabb Park in Ithaca and Bellingar Packing in Ashley.

    “The DNR sets surveillance goals – basically, a number of deer tested in a particular area – to understand the scale of infection in the local deer herd,” Stewart said. “The closer we come to meeting these goals, the better we can learn about where chronic wasting disease exists in Michigan. That’s why we encourage hunters to get deer tested, especially in areas where we haven’t yet met surveillance goals.”

    CWD is not common among deer in Michigan, and the Department of Natural Resources encourages hunters to assist in disease surveillance.

    Stewart said some of easiest ways hunters can help address CWD are to keep hunting throughout the remaining deer seasons, dispose of leftover parts in the trash and, if possible, take additional does in the Lower Peninsula’s CWD areas.

    Deer check stations and drop boxes will be open throughout the deer hunting seasons, while the DNR Wildlife Disease Laboratory and partner Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will continue processing and testing deer as hunting seasons continue. For check station locations and hours, visit Michigan.gov/DeerCheck.

    Updated testing results, including the goal per county, are available at Michigan.gov/CWD in the Statewide Testing Results section.

    To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals.
     
  2. sureshot006

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    Was already found in Gratiot last year. Not surprising.
     

  3. Hillsdales Most Wanted

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    Bait ban didnt work.
    Saginaw Co should be added to cwd management zone
     
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    I'm guessing sarcasm since it was probably infected last year or before.
     
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    No sarcasm on bait. & Hamilton township touches Saginaw co. If its within 10 miles Saginaw will be added to cwd zone
     
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    If memory serves me correctly, the one found in Gratiot County last year was in the NW section. Hamilton is the Township that contains the Saginaw-Gratiot State Game area in the SE corner of the County.
     
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    How did the bait ban have or not have anything to do with the positive this year? It was just implemented. Or... was it already banned last year there?
     
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    It has nothing to do with the bait ban. But everytime there is a positive in the LP im going to say the bait ban didn't work
     
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    I’m glad you have faith in our fellow sportsmen that no one is illegally baiting an entire DMU.
     
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    I know this is about CWD. But am I the only one concerned that a
    two year old is hunting??? I all for the youth getting into hunting but...

    I hope this is a miss print of some sort.

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    Let's eat grandma.
    Let's eat, grandma.

    Read it closer.
     
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    So are they saying??
    A two year old Doe with CWD was harvested by a hunter?
    Maybe Im gapping out here, I did turn 50 this year!
    Or that the deer was shot 2 years ago and was just confirmed with CWD?
    I know it the second confirmed case in that county from reading further
    down in the article.
     
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    C'mon man!
    Quit worrying about kids and read.
    Two year old doe. Hunter harvested.
    Not road killed.
    Not officer dispatched to dispatch.
     
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    When I read it, I was confused and was asking for clarification.
    I'm sorry you don't like the question. Why do you think I was
    worrying about kids?
    Come on man, read!
    If a parent take a two year old hunting,
    I would be worried about the parents!
     
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    I had one child carried out in the woods at less than one year of age small game hunting.
    Worry about me all you want.
     
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