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GLIN==> Hunters Reminded of Rules for Bringing Deer or Elk into Michigan



Submitted by Ann Wilson <wilsoann@michigan.gov>

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:

Lt. Thomas Courchaine

906-875-6622

Mary Dettloff

517-335-3014

Hunters Reminded of Rules for Bringing Deer or Elk into Michigan

Hunters who may be bringing deer or elk into Michigan from other states and Canada are reminded that strict rules apply to the transport of this type of game across state and international boundaries, according to officials with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

As part of the ongoing effort to prevent the spread of certain diseases endemic to deer and elk, the DNR has enacted laws which restrict how deer and elk carcasses can be moved into Michigan from various states, including Wisconsin, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and Saskatchewan. Hunters transporting game from those areas for processing, taxidermy or consumption are restricted to bringing only deboned meat, antlers, antlers attached to a skull cap cleaned of all brain and muscle tissue, hides cleaned of excess tissue or blood, upper canine teeth or a finished taxidermist mount into Michigan.

"The concern for the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which has been found in those states and provinces into Michigan, has been the impetus for the enactment of these new rules," said Lt. Thomas Courchaine, Western U.P. district law supervisor in Crystal Falls.

CWD is a disease of the nervous system that was first diagnosed in deer and elk at a research facility in Colorado in 1967. Since then, it has been discovered in deer and elk in several states and Canada. CWD is characterized by emaciation, drooling, behavioral abnormalities and death of the affected animals. Currently, no reliable live animal testing is available for diagnosing CWD, nor is there a treatment available. CWD poses a serious threat to the overall health of Michigan's deer and elk populations. Michigan has taken several steps to prevent it from getting into the state, including the regulations restricting the importation of deer and elk.

"We are especially interested in making sure that hunters traveling across the

Michigan/Wisconsin border are fully aware that the transportation of deer and elk carcasses is highly restricted," said Courchaine. "That includes bringing a deer carcass into Michigan for meat processing or taxidermy."

In addition, a person notified by mail or other means that a carcass part imported into Michigan tested positive for CWD must report that information within two (2) days to the DNR Wildlife Research Lab at 517-336-5030.

Although there is no evidence that CWD affects humans, the DNR advises hunters who have deer originating from states or provinces where CWD has been found take safety precautions by minimizing the handling of brain or spinal cord tissues and fluids, and avoid consuming brain, spinal cord, eyes, spleen and lymph nodes of harvested animals.

For more information, contact the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab or visit www.michigan.gov/chronicwastingdisease. Hunters may check their deer or elk's CWD and TB lab results at this Web site or at www.michigan.gov/dnr <http://www.michigan.gov/dnr>.

Those who witness a violation of these or any laws pertaining to the natural resources of Michigan are urged to contact the DNR's Report-All-Poaching hotline at 1-800-292-7800

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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