Officials suspect chronic wasting disease in Michigan deer

(file photo)
(file photo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State wildlife regulators say another deer in southern Michigan may have been found with chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Natural Resources says a hunter shot the 1 1/2 -year-old buck last week in Clinton County’s Eagle Township and took it to a check station.

Preliminary tests came back positive for chronic wasting disease. A federal lab in Iowa is studying the carcass to see if the diagnosis was accurate. If so, this would be the ninth free-ranging deer in Michigan to test positive for the fatal disease.

DNR biologist Chad Fedewa says the find underscores the importance of taking deer killed during this month’s firearms hunting season to stations for examinations.

The checks are mandatory in the Core CWD Area, which includes 17 townships in Ingham, Clinton, Shiawassee and Eaton counties.