Breaking news is that a 3-year-old doe in an enclosure in Kent Co., Michigan has been confirmed to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). The state’s DNR has responded by implementing a ban on the baiting and feeding of deer in the Lower Peninsula. Also, hunters who kill a deer in the “hot zone" in townships of Tyrone, Solon, Nelson, Sparta, Algoma, Courtland, Alpine, Plainfield and Cannon will be required to participate in a deer check. The department will also kill and test 300 deer within the "hot zone." The DNR says the response plan is designed to prevent potential spread of the disease.
This prompted MI hunter Scott to write and say: Mike, I just hope they don’t get out of control and think they have to kill everything. CWD has been around for a while, just not right here in Michigan.
He’s right, CWD has been documented in states from CO to West Virginia, and so far as I know has not devastated any deer herd in any region. Careful monitoring and prudence by the state is certainly called for, especially with those damned penned deer that cause all the problems. But IMO and like Scott says, they need to be careful not to create hysteria and, worse, kill out too many wild herds in the area, don't you think?