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More cases of chronic wasting disease found during deer hunt

07 December 2017

The latest cases bring the tally of confirmed or suspected infections in the state to 30 whitetail deer since 2015.

A deer suspected of having chronic waste disease means the deer tested positive but has not been confirmed through additional testing.

The test results mark the fifth incident of CWD discovered in Montana wild deer this fall.

The DNR says anyone who harvests deer in Montcalm County should have their deer tested by bringing them to a deer check station.

With the firearm deer season complete, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has now identified a total of 30 free-ranging white-tailed deer that are confirmed or suspected to have chronic wasting disease.

In Montcalm County, 17 suspected or confirmed cases of CWD were found in Cato, Douglass, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine, Reynolds, Sidney and Winfield Townships.

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Chronic wasting disease already was present in surrounding states and provinces.

Though there is no evidence it is transmissible to humans, it is recommended to never ingest meat from animals that appear to be sick or are known to have chronic wasting disease.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Tuesday that a mule deer tested positive for the disease after being shot November 12, north of Chester near the Canadian border. They have also opened additional deer check stations and encourage all hunters to have their deer tested at the stations.

Since 2015, when the first CWD-positive deer was found, the DNR has tested approximately 23,000 deer.

So far in 2017, one deer has tested positive in Clinton County and no deer from Ingham County has tested positive. In Kent County, 3 cases were found in Nelson and Spencer Townships.

CWD has been found in deer hundreds of miles away on Montana's southern border with Wyoming earlier this year. It causes a spongy degeneration of the brain, resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and, ultimately, the animal's death.

More cases of chronic wasting disease found during deer hunt