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No CWD Found in Michigan Deer Herd

  In August, 2008, one deer was found to test positive for CWD from a private cervid facility in Kent County in the Lower Peninsula of the state.

 Since that time, there has been a ban on baiting in the Lower, and testing at deer check stations has included a test for CWD.

 After the close of the 2010 season it was reported that no animals have tested positive, which is great news for the Michigan deer herd.  Thumbs up

 Read the full story at: http://outdoornews.com/michigan/news/article_a2ccbd4c-2313-11e0-abad-001cc4c03286.html

 

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Yep, and I hope we can keep

Yep, and I hope we can keep it our of MI.  We have enough stuff to worry about than battling that like they have been doing over in Wisconsin!!!

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I hope for your sake and

I hope for your sake and similar states that it stays that way but I don't think it will. I keep seeing it pop up in different places and believe it will continue to spread just very slowly.

We have never baited here but it slowly grows every year.

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  An interesting thing - even

  An interesting thing - even though it has been illegal to bait for the past three hunting seasons, many people have continued to bait as they did before the ban. The first year (2008) I saw a marked decrease in bags of carrots, apples and corn at gas stations, roadside farm markets, etc. But the past two seasons (2009, 2010) the piles of bags were back, as well as the huge piles of sugar beets and carrots that people could buy by the truckload. The DNR activity reports also showed that there were many citations issued for people hunting over bait piles.

  I personally believe it is partially because the general public never really saw that the presence of one deer with CWD found in a private, penned facility, had any real bearing on the possibility of the disease spreading to the rest of the state's herd.

  Secondly, it is believed that "nose-to-nose" contact is the primary way that the disease is spread from one animal to another. But it is a well-known fact that nose-to-nose contact between deer is a natural occurance, and will happen with or without food of any knid present. 

  These two factors worked together to keep the public from being convinced that the ban had any real merit. Hunters who have long been accustomed to relying on bait to attract deer were willing to risk getting caught in order to see deer as they had in the past.

  BTW - though there is speculation that the ban will be lifted as a result of the recent findings, it will probably remain in effect for the 8-county area where bovine TB is still an issue. The argument is the same there - to prevent nose-to-nose contact.

  Only time will tell what the future holds for the Michigan herd as it relates to these two diseases.

 

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Thats good news for you guys

Thats good news for you guys over in MI, So far since the ODFW started testing for CWD in 1996 there has been no animals that have tested positve for CWD in Oregon, they have tested close to 11,00 animals in that time frame, i just hope we can keep it out of the state. it may be a pipe dream but if we can keep it out as long as we can that would be a great thing. Our herds have a ton of other issues to deal with like predators and loss of habitat. for now its good it hasnt been detected.

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hunter25---Are you aware that

hunter25---Are you aware that CWD was first found in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming?  I think from your last sentence that you are!

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