Meeting held to discuss two deer found with CWD

100_1349A public meeting is scheduled later this month in Mecosta county to discuss two deer who were found with chronic wasting disease

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal, neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose.

Jessy Sielski is with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. MDARD is working with other state agencies to address CWD.

“We first saw it in 2008 with a three year old white tail deer in Kent County, 2015 it popped up in the free ranging white tailed deer herds in Ingham County. Since then the DNR has tested about 12,000 deer, we’ve seen about nine cases not including the two most recent ones.”

Sielski says a meeting is scheduled February 22nd in Mecosta county for hunters and area landowners.

Sielski says while there is no evidence CWD can harm humans or other animals, it is recommended animals with the disease not be consumed.

More information on the meetings and CWD is on the DNR’s website.