Russ Mason does not say that chronic wasting disease will spread from deer and their brothers to other species, including our own. He's careful about it.But "The evidence is mounted," said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Chief, "as it may" – one of several reasons that DNR will package up to $ 4.7 million in new contributions to protect the state's deer, elk and elk.Collaboration with Michigan State University, DNR hopes to find new ammunition in the fight against an inadvertently fatal disease that can ultimately affect everything the agency does. 9/04/21/PDTN/3ff82971-0d37-40a1-b1f5 -d11a18571943-tdndc5-6ya3ftawpdyafqu9mxy_original.jpg? width = 540 & height = & fit = bounds & auto = webp "alt =" DNR workers at the Flat River State Game Area in Ionia are exploring where a deer is being shot within a mandatory chronic wasting disease test area on November 15, 2017  DNR workers at the Flat River State Game Area in Ionia are exploring where a deer is being shot within a compulsory test area for chronic wasting disease on November 15, 2017. (Photo: John Barnes, Special to The Detroit News)  "Most of our resources come from license money," says Mason, "and in a state of deer-centered like Michigan, most things are very close to everything we do for wildlife, wildlife or non-gambling, for endangered or endangered species, for sensitive habitats – all this is balanced on our licensing structure. " If the deer population is decimated he said, then the DNR budget will take a toll…
Russ Mason does not say that chronic wasting disease will spread from deer and their brothers to other species, including our own. He’s careful about it.
But “The evidence is mounted,” said the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Chief, “as it may” – one of several reasons that DNR will package up to $ 4.7 million in new contributions to protect the state’s deer, elk and elk.
Collaboration with Michigan State University, DNR hopes to find new ammunition in the fight against an inadvertently fatal disease that can ultimately affect everything the agency does.
If the deer population is decimated he said, then the DNR budget will take a toll on” all the things people like. “Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) comes from the same family as the mad cow and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and is protein-based DNR wildlife veterinarian Kelly Straka, making it a “relative rarity in the veterinary world.”
Although it is not known if CWD can infect humans, a Center for Disease Control report says. “Studies give cause for concern that CWD can pose a risk to humans and suggest that it is important to prevent human exposure to the CWD. “
CWD, caused by a normal protein known as a prion folded incorrectly, calls for a slow degeneration of the brain which ultimately leads to emaciation, odd behavior, loss of bodily function, and death.
Dissemination of contact with other animals or contaminated foods or bases become CWD contagious rapidly, but deer may occur disease-free for 18 months before the effects become apparent within 30 days of death.
When they infected, Mason landscapes “as far as we know cannot be disinfected. Prions are not affected by colds. They are not susceptible to heat except at cremation levels. All disinfectants that people think of do not work. “
CWD was first found in a free Michigan deer in May 2015. Since then, it has been confirmed in eight Lower Peninsula counties and one in the Upper Peninsula.
The test is done on separate heads and is a long process that includes soaking of brain and lymph nodes in formaldehyde for five days. In 2019, Mason told DNR to expect to test $ 45,000 deer at $ 120, a total of $ 5.4 million, “and it is dollars we cannot devote to other conservation activities.”
Among the goals of the new grant program is to make the evaluations faster, easier and cheaper. ”Straka noted that a professor at the University of Minnesota, Peter Larsen, is working on a test that wildlife officers can perform directly with a handheld device called a flow cell.  “There are states working with universities,” she said. “We really hope they will make proposals.”
about $ 2 million of $ 4.7 million will target the disease science – things that early detection and the role of land and water. An additional $ 1.5 million will be devoted to applied research on such topics as pathways and predicting new attacks.
About $ 700,000 will be spent on search, said Straka, helping people realize the scale of the problem and how they can help solve it. DNR warns of grazing and feeding, for example, because it gives rise to clusters of deer in contact with each other.
For hunters who treat a deer themselves, she said, “they can throw out the carcass again. What can we do to make sure we don’t do the thing worse?”
The remaining 500,000 dollars will encourage cooperation, “Do some of the expertise in other places”.
According to the state, only 119 free deer have been found with the CWD of 60,715 tested. But the danger lies in the unknown, Mason said, not the lab.
“We don’t know how to stop this disease,” he said. “No one ever has.”
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