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Re: E-M:/ Cost appproaching $1M for one deer with CWD

Enviro-Mich message from Larry Nooden <ldnum@umich.edu>

I do not think the Public has been told enough about the risks from this problem, no doubt to avoid alarming them; however, the courageous actions of the MDNR are not getting the public cooperation that is needed. Many people are still feeding and baiting deer, and these practices are likely to spread CWD.

The cost of what could easily happen to the tourism (hunting) and the cattle industries absolutely dwarf the testing costs. There is fairly good (enough) anecdotal evidence that the CWD prion can jump to deer to people and from deer to cattle. Given what has happened with other prion diseases like mad cow disease, this should not be surprising.

I think the Michigan Dept of Agriculture, not the MDNR, should pay this bill. There have been plenty of warnings that CWD would come in if deer and elk were imported from the west, yet politicians like state senator VanWoerkom, R-Norton Shores and chair of the MI Senate Ag Committee, seem to have promoted this practice.

--On Friday, December 05, 2008 9:57 AM -0500 HAMILTREEF@aol.com wrote:

Cost appproaching $1M for one deer with CWD
The testing costs stemming from a single case of chronic wasting disease
in northern Kent County is fast approaching $1 million, according to
state wildlife officials who reported Thursday on progress monitoring the
disease and the firearm deer season.
So far, 7,999 deer statewide have tested free of chronic wasting disease,
experts said. Testing was ordered after the fatal neurological disorder
was found in a pen-raised deer at an Algoma Township farm.

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