MONTCALM COUNTY, MICH. - A second deer in Montcalm County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Michigan Department of Natural resources says the 1 and a half year-old buck was killed in Sidney Township last month.
The positive test was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
This marks the 11th confirmed case of CWD in Michigan.
The DNR is still waiting for test results on three other deer killed in Montcalm County. Those deer were taken from Pine, Reynolds and Sidney townships.
DNR Deer Specialist Chad Stewart is thanking the hunters for checking their deer adding, "Hunter assistance is critical in the ongoing fight against the spread of CWD. The response from hunters so far shows a strong willingness to help, and it’s clear that more hunters are committed to getting their deer tested.”
There are three areas in Michigan that have mandatory checks of deer taken by hunters in those zones. Hunters can check to see if there is mandatory deer checks in their area on the DNR's website.
There have not been any reported cases of CWD in people.
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