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Deer in the upper peninsula tests positive for fatal disease

October 19, 2018 Health 0 Views Updated06:16 EDT, Thursday, October 18, 2018 IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) &#821 1; Officials say…


IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (AP) &#821

1; Officials say a deer in Dickinson County carries the first known case of chronic wasting disease in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

State Department of Natural Resources says the 4-year-old shot at a farm in the Waucedah Township. Laboratories confirmed that the animal was infected with the lethal nervous system disease that was found in deer, moose and moose.

It was among hundreds of deer that DNR tested in the upper peninsula, bordering Wisconsin.

Chronic wasted disease has been found in free deer in six Lower Peninsula counties, including Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm. Thirty three deer in these counties have tested positive.

The DNR asks the hunters to send council heads they kill this fall within a 10 mile area centered on the Waucedah Township. They will be tested to determine how much the disease has spread.

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