State biologists hope that feedback from deer hunters will tell them if Chronic Wasting Disease has spread in Michigan. The state Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to be on the lookout for deer that have the disease. Symptoms include emaciation, drooling and a lack of fear.
Deer biologist Chad Stewart says successful hunters will have their deer tested for the disease at DNR check stations.
“The more not-positives and the more positives that come back will give is a better picture of what’s going on with this disease – how it’s distributed on the landscape and where it seems to have accumulated,” says Stewart.
DNR discovered three cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in wild deer in the Lansing area this year.
Michigan’s firearm deer hunting season opens this weekend.