- Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Recently, a whitetail deer in Michigan tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB), a bacterial disease that attacks the respiratory system. It is incredibly rare for this disease to surface in wild deer even though it was, historically, common in cattle. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), prior to 1994, there were only eight confirmed cases of bovine TB in whitetail deer and mule deer within North America.Until now.
Associated Press, because of this positive detection of bovine TB, MDNR has labeled parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties located in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula as “a potential high-risk area” for this disease. In fact, because of this recent confirmed case, all cattle and bison herds located within a 15-mile radius must now be tested for the disease within six months. An informational meeting will be held for herd owners on May 2 at the Rose Township Hall in Ogemaw County. According to MDNR, bovine TB has previously been found in whitetail deer, elk, black bear, bobcat, coyote, opossum, raccoon and red fox.
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An officer with the Saginaw Township Police Department climbs through a broken window at Godwin's Furniture & Mattress, 6225 State, Thursday morning, July 27, 2017. A deer broke through the window and became trapped in the store. (Michael Kransz, MLive.com )Perhaps the deer was tired and needed a bed to rest her little doe [...]