Michigan officials expand chronic wasting disease test zone

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators have expanded the area in south-central Michigan where deer killed by hunters must be tested for chronic wasting disease.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently established the broader “core area” where special requirements are in place to limit spread of the fatal disease.

The area has been enlarged from nine townships to 17 townships in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

Successful hunters in the area will be required to take their deer to a DNR check station for testing.

The department has scheduled town hall meetings to explain the policy for June 1 in Lansing and June 7 in Ionia.

More than 5,000 Michigan deer have been tested in the past year. Seven were found to be infected with chronic wasting disease.

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  • Andrew

    Seven out of 5000 tested positive.
    .14 percent
    Only one out of every 1400 deer tests positive, and they are expanding the area. Why? In hopes of finding a higher percentage in order to justify their money-wasting blindly unscientific attempts at epidemiology, that is why!

    The DNR is the most corrupt, out of whack, unregulated and counter productive arm of the government, and that is saying a whole hell of a lot considering the TSA, the IRS, and the entire Congress are in contention for that title.

    They have a solution that someone paid a lot of money for though, and they will be damned if they can’t find a problem to apply it to in order to justify paying that much for something.