Counties with highest CWD prevalence should send road-killed deer carcasses to diagnostics lab

With the opening of the bow deer season in September, hunters who want to have their deer tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) but don’t have a close-by sampling location may consider a mail-in possibility. Besides collection of tissue samples established by the DNR, hunters may also have a deer tested for CWD at the UW-Madison Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Hunters must…

CWD tests mandatory for deer harvested in central, north-central, southeast

Precautionary testing during the first two days of firearms deer season will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from captive deer to wild deer in central and north-central Minnesota, the DNR said in a news release Monday, Aug. 27. “Wild deer are not known to have CWD in these areas, and this is the second year of surveillance…

First case of CWD suspected in Jackson County

Over 31,000 deer have been tested for the disease since May 2015. If confirmed by the federal lab, this would be the 58th CWD-positive deer in Michigan and the first in Jackson County. Chronic wasting disease already has been confirmed in Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.