The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it’s found a deer in Meridian Township that’s tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It’s the first reported case of the disease in the state since 2008, and the very first time it has occurred in a wild deer population. Chronic wasting disease is not harmful to humans, but is always fatal to deer.
State officials are keeping a close eye on the case to try to prevent the disease from spreading to other animals.
Current State talks with Chad Stewart, a deer, elk and moose specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources about how chronic wasting disease affects these animals.
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