MICHIGAN: Second deer tests positive for CWD in Meridian Twp

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a second case of Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in a deer in Meridian Township.

This second case is a 2-year-old male found less than a mile from the initial positive female deer, confirmed this past May.
 
It's not known if the deer are related in any way and genetic testing is being done to determine if there is a biological link.
 
Until May, chronic wasting disease hadn't appeared in Michigan since 2008, when an infected white-tailed deer was detected at a Kent County breeding farm.
 
DNR Wildlife Division Chief Russ Mason says he is disappointed by not surprised that a second deer has been found with CWD. "We will continue with our aggressive surveillance throughout the summer and fall," adds Mason. "With the assistance of hunters, we hope to determine the distribution of this disease."
 
There have been 304 deer tested for the neurological disease in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties. Those three counties have been designated as the Core Chronic Wasting Disease area.
 
Additionally, the Core CWD Area consisting of Lansing, Meridian, Williamstown, Delhi, Alaiedon and Wheatfield townships in Ingham County; DeWitt and Bath townships in Clinton County; and Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County, was created.
 
In those specific areas feeding and baiting of deer and elk are prohibited. Mandatory checking of deer will be required in the Core CWD Area during hunting seasons and restrictions will apply to the movement of carcasses and parts of deer taken in this area.
 
There is no record of CWD being transferred to humans but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization both recommend that infected animals not be eaten as food.
 
A deer that may be affected by CWD might look unusually thin and show abnormal traits, such as allowing humans to approach. If you believe you have seen such a deer you are urged to contact the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab at 517-336-5030 or fill out and submit the online observation report, found on the DNR website.