Officials monitor wildlife for signs of serious diseases

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LANSING, MI (AP) – State officials say they’re watching for signs that three serious wildlife diseases detected in Michigan this year might be spreading. They are asking the public to report suspected cases.

Russ Mason of the Department of Natural Resources says staffers are monitoring animal populations for chronic wasting disease, avian influenza and West Nile virus.

Officials have tested 135 free-ranging deer since a female with chronic wasting disease was found in May. No new cases have been found, but thousands more animals will be tested.

Four free-ranging Canada goslings and one goose in Macomb County have been diagnosed with a highly lethal strain of avian influenza. Relocation of nuisance geese from southeast Michigan has been suspended for this year.

Three American crows in Ingham County recently tested positive for West Nile virus.

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