CLINTON CO., Mich (WLNS) – A buck killed last Wednesday in Clinton County’s Eagle Township may be the ninth free-ranging deer to test positive for chronic wasting disease in mid-Michigan.
A hunter took the deer to a Department of Natural Resouces check station.
The deer was shot in an area where mandatory deer checks have been ordered by the DNR.
Early tests came back positive for CWD and the deer is now in Iowa for advanced testing.
The DNR has tested nearly 9,000 deer since the first free-ranging CWD-positive deer was found in May 2015.
Eight cases of CWD have been confirmed.
The DNR reminds individuals that they must check all deer they harvest in the Core CWD Area, which includes 17 townships.
This area, which is referred to as Deer Management Unit (DMU) 333, consists of Lansing, Meridian, Williamstown, Delhi, Alaiedon and Wheatfield townships in Ingham County; DeWitt, Bath, Watertown, Eagle, Westphalia, Riley, Olive and Victor townships in Clinton County; Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County; and Oneida and Delta townships in Eaton County.
Hunters harvesting deer in these townships are required to submit deer heads for testing within 72 hours of harvest.