DNR overrun with dead deer heads for chronic wasting disease testing

So many dead deer heads. (Warning: the photo may be disturbing to some readers)

That's actually a good problem for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

A 360-degree photo of hundreds of deer heads lined up on the floor of the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab test site was posted on Facebook by the DNR on Tuesday.

It's a little gross, but it was posted for good reason. The heads are being collected at DNR deer check stations and sent out for testing for chronic wasting disease at the DNR lab at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.

There's been such a large response this year that more lab workers have been brought in to handle the rush throughout the firearms season.

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Want to submit your deer head, but keep the antlers? No worries. The DNR will cut them off for you. If you want to shoulder mount or European mount, the DNR won't cut the deer. They'll register it and then give you further instructions to ensure you get the mount you want and the DNR gets the sample they need.

Hunters can expect to get results within 1-2 weeks after a deer head is submitted and can check results on the DNR website.

You can learn all about the process in the DNR's video: 

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