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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 25, 2008

Contacts: Bridget Patrick (MDA) 517-241-2669 or Mary Dettloff (DNR)
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Michigan’s First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kent
County Deer Breeding Facility


LANSING - The Michigan departments of Agriculture (MDA) and Natural
Resources (DNR) today confirmed the state’s first case of Chronic
Wasting Disease (CWD) in a three-year old white-tailed deer from a
privately owned cervid (POC) 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.

Michigan’s First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Detected at Kent
County Deer Breeding Facility: page 2

“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 www.michigan.gov/chronicwastingdisease.
 

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Its not done yet but I give it two days.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 26, 2008
Contact: Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014




DNR Acts to Implement CWD Surveillance and Response Plan
In the wake of Monday’s announcement that Chronic Wasting Disease
(CWD) 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 ofdeer and elk in the Lower Peninsula. DNR conservation officers will step
up surveillance and enforcement efforts on baiting. Baiting and feeding
unnaturally congregate deer into close contact, thus increasing the
transmission of contagious diseases such as CWD and bovine tuberculosis.
Bait and feed sites increase the likelihood that those areas will
become contaminated with the feces of infected animals, making them a
source of CWD infection for years to come.
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
stations in the area to make it more convenient for hunters. To prevent
unintentional spread of CWD, the only parts of deer harvested in the
surveillance zone that will be allowed to be transported out will be
boned meat, capes, and antlers cleaned of all soft tissues.
In addition, all transport of live wild deer, elk and moose will be
prohibited statewide, including transport for rehabilitation purposes.
Currently, there is no live animal test for CWD, and infected animals
often show no signs of illness for years in spite of being infectious
for other animals. Movement for rehabilitation purposes may speed
geographic spread of the disease.
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
officials to collect fresh road-killed deer, and will be urging deer
hunters participating in the early antlerless season on private land in
September to comply with the mandatory deer check.
Landowners in Kent County "hot zone" who would like to obtain
disease control permits to cull deer from their property and assist with
the collection of deer for testing should contact the DNR’s Wildlife
Disease Lab at 517-336-5030. Permits will be available immediately upon
request. Landowners who do not want to cull deer, but want to
participate in the collection of deer for testing, can obtain assistance
from the DNR in culling deer.
DNR officials reminded citizens that, to date, there is no evidence
that CWD poses a risk to humans, nor has there been verified evidence
that the disease can be transmitted to humans.
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 Midwestern and eastern states. Infected
animals display abnormal behaviors, loss of bodily functions and a
progressive weight loss. Current evidence suggests that the disease is
transmitted through infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions).
Prions are normal cell proteins whose shape has been transformed,
causing CWD. The disease is transmitted by exposure to saliva of
infected animals. Susceptible animals can also acquire CWD by eating
feces from an infected animal, or soil contaminated by them. Once
contaminated, soil can remain a source of infection for many years,
making CWD a particularly difficult disease to manage.
More information about CWD is available on the State of Michigan’s
Emerging Diseases Web site at [/SIZE]www.michigan.gov/chronicwastingdisease.
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, use and enjoyment
of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations.
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There has been a baiting ban in Alpena since the discovery of TB. The Wal-Mart and every gas station in the area still sell bait at a probable ton/day pace. It will be interesting to see if the law is enforced more strictly in lower Michigan related to CWD than it has been in the NLP with TB.
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Yep they opened the baiting door and it will be very interesting to see how effective they are in closing it.........:sad:

Gonna be hard for people to really learn how to hunt now.......
 

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I would have no problem not using a food plot or a bucket of lucky buck and I will be happy to stop once every high fence operation in the state has been abolished. Until then a baiting ban is nothing more than a scheme by the politics of hunting attempting to show that they care!!
 

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I would have no problem not using a food plot or a bucket of lucky buck and I will be happy to stop once every high fence operation in the state has been abolished. Until then a baiting ban is nothing more than a scheme by the politics of hunting attempting to show that they care!!
Thats a pretty ignorant statement. Although I agree high fence operations should be shut down, it's a fact the CWD can be spread though mineral licks and food where deer contact each other. In fact, it can even be spread through infected soil. Eliminating or trying to avoid these scenarios is PART of the solution, and should be accepted by all sportsman.
 

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Thats a pretty ignorant statement. Although I agree high fence operations should be shut down, it's a fact the CWD can be spread though mineral licks and food where deer contact each other. In fact, it can even be spread through infected soil. Eliminating or trying to avoid these scenarios is PART of the solution, and should be accepted by all sportsman.

The infected deer is in a cage man! Where I live suger beet farmers leave small but eaten piles in every beet field and there hasn't been CWD! I have trail cam pics of several deer using the same licking branch and there is no CWD. How do you suppose we stop that from happening? Will the DNR ban licking branches at deer scrapes? The ignorant thing about this is that people think that by not baiting in the SELP it will some how stop the disease from spreading in the CWLP?

It reminds me of the VHS issue. People using minnows didn't start that problem just like people using carrots didn't start this problem. Fix the problem where it started, how hard is that to figure out!!
 

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I would have no problem not using a food plot or a bucket of lucky buck and I will be happy to stop once every high fence operation in the state has been abolished. Until then a baiting ban is nothing more than a scheme by the politics of hunting attempting to show that they care!!
Wow, some statement there. Willing to break the law and continue to bait in the face of a ban because of high fence operations??? I understand that CWD has been related to both, but I don't see how admitting to a willingness to break the law will help your case....
 

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Wow, some statement there. Willing to break the law and continue to bait in the face of a ban because of high fence operations??? I understand that CWD has been related to both, but I don't see how admitting to a willingness to break the law will help your case....
I said I have no problem not using bait!! Read it again. My point was that banning bait before banning high fence farmers is futile!
 

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Right or wrong, futile or not, they have to start somewhere. Banning bait immediately is an easier course than banning high-fence operations in one felled swoop. Think about it-as of now there will be no baiting. How can you tell the deer breeders that as of now there will be no more breeding or raising of captive deer? The baiting ban is only the first step. The rest will follow in due time.
 

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How can you tell the deer breeders that as of now there will be no more breeding or raising of captive deer? T
To play devils advocate (not taking sides here)...what about the families/businesses that have banked on getting $$ for selling the acres and acres of deer feed they have in the ground and/or are harvesting now??? For some it may be their only income or a huge part of it.

Bottom line this is bad news. It doesn't pay for us sportsmen to sit around and argue this and that. We need to do what protects and preserves what we all love to do, hunt, and we need to do it together.
 

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Michigan Orders Deer Hunting Restrictions


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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Baiting and feeding of deer and elk is banned in the Lower Peninsula as part of Michigan's plan to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Natural Resources detailed its response plan Tuesday, one day after confirming Michigan's first case of the fatal neurological disease in a deer at a private Kent County facility.

Hunters who kill deer in Kent County's Tyrone, Solon, Nelson, Sparta, Algoma, Courtland, Alpine, Plainfield and Cannon townships will be required to stop at a DNR checkpoint to test animals. Hunters in other areas will be encouraged to do so.

All transport of live wild deer, elk and moose is prohibited statewide.

There's no evidence the disease is present in free-ranging herds.
 

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Right or wrong, futile or not, they have to start somewhere. Banning bait immediately is an easier course than banning high-fence operations in one felled swoop. Think about it-as of now there will be no baiting. How can you tell the deer breeders that as of now there will be no more breeding or raising of captive deer? The baiting ban is only the first step. The rest will follow in due time.

The baiting ban was the second step....they quarantined ALL game farms yesterday in one fell swoop.
 

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I'll bet the guns are a blazzing at the suspect deer farm. I live in that hot zone. It makes me have second thoughts of hunting any of my properties in that area. Unfortunatly that is 99% of my hunting places.What now.
 

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Remember which deer was infected, and think, well, did it even come from Michigan, who knows, well, the "cager" knows where it came from. Its appalling that I am not allowed to bait because of a deer that was shipped in from who knows where. And, it's even more of a shame that they allow that to happen. If you want to hunt wild boar, go to Texas, where they are. If you can't shoot a big buck where you hunt, go somewhere that you know has some.

Most people will bait anyway, they have and will continue to over bait too. There's really nothing they can do about it.

How many hunters are in Michigan? Hmmmm. Catching a handful of people improperly baiting or baiting in a zone where it's not allowed isn't doing a damn thing. The state doesn't have enough money to put more CO's out there and won't since we're in this whirlwind crisis of debt. It's ridiculous to think that they can implement anything that will actually work.
 
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