Michigan -(Ammoland.com)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recognized Meridian Township in Ingham County with a Partners in Conservation Awards for its ongoing cooperation with deer management and assistance with chronic wasting disease.
The award was presented at last week’s meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing.
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.
In May, the DNR confirmed the state’s first case of CWD in a free-ranging, white-tailed deer in Meridian Township. That was followed by two additional confirmations (also in free-ranging, white-tailed deer: one in July and one in August), also in Meridian Township. These three deer were discovered within a mile of one another and, in fact, were determined to be related as part of an extended family.
“Meridian Township police brought us our first deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease, and we wouldn’t have made the kind of progress monitoring for CWD without their help and cooperation,” said Russ Mason, chief of the DNR’s Wildlife Division. “We look forward to continuing to work …read more