State Rep. Beau LaFave is urging the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to take swift action to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the Upper Peninsula after the DNR diagnosed the first incident of the disease in Waucedah Township.
“We must do everything we can to protect Michigan’s natural resources for generations to come, and so I have urged the DNR to take every possible step toward eradicating the disease in Waucedah as quickly as possible,” LaFave said. “I also urge all hunters to do their part to contain CWD by bringing their deer in for testing.”
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal nervous system disease found in deer, moose and elk. The disease attacks the brain of infected animals, creating small lesions, which result in neurologic symptoms. The disease is always fatal in animals that contract it.
According to the DNR, the affected 4-year-old doe was killed on a deer damage shooting permit on a farm in Dickinson County’s Waucedah Township, which is located about four miles from the Michigan-Wisconsin border. The finding was verified by Michigan State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in East Lansing and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
Responsible hunting is an important part of containing the spread of CWD. Hunters in the Upper Peninsula can take deer to be checked at the following locations:
- Norway Field Office – Check Station
Address: 520 W. US-2, Norway, MI
- Escanaba Customer Service Center – Check Station
Address: 6833 Hwy. 2, 41, and M-35, Gladstone, MI
- Crystal Falls Field Office – Check Station
Address: 1420 Highway US-2 West, Crystal Falls, MI
More information on chronic wasting disease – including Michigan’s CWD Surveillance and Response Plan, additional information on deer check stations, fact sheets and testing data – is available at michigan.gov/cwd.