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E-M:/ Discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan Underscores Threat Game Ranches Pose to Wildlife



Discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan Underscores Threat Game Ranches Pose to Wildlife
 
Statement by Andy Buchsbaum, Regional Executive Director
Great Lakes Office of the National Wildlife Federation
 
ANN ARBOR (August, 26, 2008)—“The discovery of chronic wasting disease in Michigan is devastating news for the millions of people who care about the state’s wildlife and natural resources.”
 
“Chronic wasting disease is a deadly disease that poses a severe threat to Michigan’s wild deer and elk populations.”
 
“The discovery of chronic wasting disease in Michigan underscores why game ranches pose a serious threat to wildlife. Game ranches cut off natural wildlife migration corridors, increase transmission of disease from captive animals to the wild herd and impact the ability of resource managers to do their jobs.”
 
“The discovery of chronic wasting disease in Michigan is another example of how the commercialization of wildlife puts free-ranging wildlife at risk.”
 
“Now, Michigan is forced to deal with the ramifications of this deadly disease which boils down to the state spending millions of dollars to control and combat this disease at a time when the Department of Natural Resources needs every dollar available to maintain our state parks, continue with highly popular trout and salmon stocking programs, and funding wildlife habitat restoration projects.”
 
“Now, the state will have to reallocate critical wildlife and natural resource funding to combat chronic wasting disease out of the pockets of Michigan's hunters and anglers and others who enjoy Michigan's great outdoors.”
 
“The National Wildlife Federation is committed to working with the Department of Natural Resources and partners in the conservation community, including the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, in confronting this serious threat.”
 
For Immediate Release:
August 26, 2008
 
Contact:
Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 887-7109, lubetkin@nwf.org
Marc Smith, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 887-7116, msmith@nwf.org
 
 
 
 
Jordan Lubetkin
Senior Regional Communications Manager
National Wildlife Federation - Great Lakes Office
213 West Liberty, Suite 200 | Ann Arbor, MI 48104
 
Phone: 734-887-7109 | Fax: 734-887-7199 | Cell: 734-904-1589
 
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