A map of the CWD management zone and core area of Michigan's upper peninsula. The first CWD positive deer in…
The finding was announced Thursday by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The Agency said it took immediate action to address the situation on the Upper Peninsula.
In the short term, government officials will increase CWD testing and conduct active monitoring to better understand where the disease is, says Russ Mason, MD of the MDNR Wildlife Division.
The agency’s goal is to determine if CWD-positive deer is an individual outlier or if there are more deer infected in the area.
The sick animal, a 4 year old, was killed on a farm in the Waucedah Township, about 4 miles north of the Wisconsin-Michigan border, according to John Pepin, deputy public information officer of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The location is about 10 miles east of Niagara, Wisconsin and 15 miles east of Iron Mountain, Michigan.
The deer is being farmed and submitted for testing. The CWD positive result was confirmed at the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in East Lansing and the US Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
Michigan’s first CWD positive animal was found in 2008 on a deer farm in Kent County in the Lower Peninsula state. The disease has since been found in another captivity, as in 2015, in wild deer in six counties in the Lower Peninsula.
However, all Lower Peninsula findings are separated by more than 150 miles from the latest CWD positive deer in Dickinson County.
The nearest documented case of CWD was found in June at a deer farm in Marinette County, Wisconsin.
The animal, a 2 year old doe died during fawning at Wild Rivers Whitetails in Goodman, Wisconsin. The business has about 320 deer in a 230-hectare single fenced facility and also maintains a nearby fenced area as a shelter, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Pepin said it was not It was not known how wild deer in Dickinson County were infected.
Michigan launched a “Keep UP CWD Free” campaign in 2015. In addition to training on the disease, the state adopted a regulation prohibiting imports of whole deer bodies from Wisconsin and other CWD positive areas.
In North America, CWD has been documented in free standing or captive cervids in 25 states and three Canadian provinces.
Pepin said that increased awareness created by the CWD campaign will help the agency when implementing measures for action.
The agency has set a target to test 600 deer in a neighborhood of 10 square kilometers in and around the Waucedah Township.  “We will need help from hunters, who have been very cooperative in all our efforts so far,” said Pepin.
The Agency will establish additional drip boxes for cardiac head in the area as well as offer disease control to interested landowners with more than 5 hectares of land and within 5 miles of the surveillance area.
Longer term, Michigan Wildlife officials will review the state monitoring and response plan for CWD and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencys CWD Best Management Practices to treat the disease in UP
“Hunter’s actions are important when it comes to fighting with CWD, “said Chad Stewart, MDNR adviser for reassurance.
Stewart urged hunters to: continue hunting get their deer tested for CWD; Responsible transporting, processing and discarding deer bodies visit the agency’s website to learn about proper slaughter to Michigan from out of state; and forward these tips to other hunters.
For the next hunting season and beyond, the DNR will discuss possible response measures with U.P. hunters and other stakeholders to determine the best way to fight CWD in the region, said Stewart.
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