Suspected CWD found in DeWitt Township deer

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is investigating a suspected case of Chronic Wasting Disease in a deer from DeWitt Township.

A hunter brought the deer into the DNR’s Rose Lake Station earlier this week to be checked for the neurological disease. Tests are indicating that the deer could be the fourth case of CWD found in free-ranging deer in this area.

The DNR is asking hunters in the nine-township Core CWD Area consisting of Alaiedon, Delhi, Lansing, Meridian, Wheatfield and Williamstown townships in Ingham County; Bath and DeWitt townships in Clinton County; and Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County to bring their deer in for testing. The DNR is also asking hunters in all of Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties to bring in their deer for tests.

So far more than 700 hunters have brought in deer heads for the CWD tests.

Hunters in Eaton County are also being encouraged to stop baiting and feeding deer.

The DNR reminds people that there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease is a risk to humans, either through contact with an animal or handling venison. It is recommended that meat from infected animals not be eaten by people or other animals.

More online: CWD weekly updates

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