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Use of bait for deer hunting now permitted in Iosco County

Contact: Steve Schmitt, 517-336-5040 or Katie Keen, 231-775-9727
Agency: Natural ResourcesOct. 15, 2013

Recently the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) authorized the use of bait in Iosco County to hunt deer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today.

In April 2013, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) accredited Iosco County as bovine tuberculosis (bTB) free, based on the disease not being found in cattle.

The bTB disease is transmitted by respiratory secretions between infected and uninfected animals. Animals may become infected through close contact, such as nose-to-nose contact, or by eating the bacteria left behind on bait by an infected animal.

Because all of losco County is now accredited as bTB-free for cattle, the NRC removed the Iosco County townships from the list of places where baiting is prohibited.

As part of Michigan's strategy to eliminate bTB in deer, and because bTB continues to be regularly found in deer in these areas, baiting remains illegal in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties. The USDA has considered the highest risk of bTB transmission to be found within the prohibited counties.

For more information about the history of bTB, visit http://deer.fw.msu.edu.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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