Hook & Hunting: U.P. Deer Baiting Ban Proposal

As the DNR continues to fight chronic wasting disease throughout the Lower Peninsula, some of the precautions may be coming to the Upper Peninsula.

After testing nearly 2,000 deer in the Upper Peninsula they found one positive case of CWD.

The Natural Resource Commission met Thursday in Lansing to discuss the next step.

In order to prevent the spread of the disease, the DNR is considering placing a ban on baiting in parts of the Upper Peninsula and increase surveillance.

“Where as we have a peninsula wide ban for baiting in the lower peninsula,” says Chad Stewart, the DNR’s Deer, Moose and Elk Management Specialist, “Our current proposal in the upper peninsula is about a 600 square mile area that we call our ‘core CWD surveillance area,’ centered around that positive animal that we identified in Southeast Dickinson County”

The DNR and NRC are holding public comment sessions before making their decision. The dates and locations are below:

May 22, 2019: 1-3 p.m. EDT. Michigan Technological University, Memorial Union Building, Ballroom A, Houghton.

May 22, 2019: 5:30-8 p.m. EDT, Michigan Technological University, Memorial Union Building, Ballroom A, Houghton.

June 10: 2-4 p.m. EDT. Munising Township Hall, Wetmore.

June 10: 6-8:30 p.m. EDT, Munising Township Hall, Wetmore.

June 13, 2019: Detroit Zoological Society, 8450 West Ten Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI.

July 11, 2019: MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing, MI

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