LANSING, Mich. - Michigan officials say a deer killed by a hunter in Montcalm County's Sidney Township had chronic wasting disease.
The diagnosis of the buck's condition was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
The state Department of Natural Resources says this is the 11th case of chronic wasting disease found among free-ranging deer in Michigan. Three other suspected cases are under review.
The fatal neurological disease affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It's caused by infectious proteins in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals.
With firearms season underway, the DNR is encouraging hunters to have their deer tested. Such checks are mandatory in three high-risk areas.
To determine if a particular hunting location is within one of the areas, visit www.michigan.gov/cwd
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