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Old 08-28-2008, 08:00 PM
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I was just called by a budy that was talking to a DNR officer at the local Dick's Sporting goods. Due to a disease (CWD) found in a doe in Michigan, they have baned baiting for this year. I don't know if they will change it back next year.

From the Michigan DNR site:

In the wake of Monday's announcement that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed in a three-year old privately-owned white-tailed deer in Kent County, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is acting immediately to implement provisions of the state's Surveillance and Response Plan for CWD.
Among the provisions is an immediate ban on all baiting and feeding of deer and elk in the Lower Peninsula. DNR conservation officers will step up surveillance and enforcement efforts on baiting. Baiting and feeding unnaturally congregate deer into close contact, thus increasing the transmission of contagious diseases such as CWD and bovine tuberculosis. Bait and feed sites increase the likelihood that those areas will become contaminated with the feces of infected animals, making them a source of CWD infection for years to come.

CWD is:

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose. Most cases of the disease have been in western states, but in the past several years, it has spread to Midwestern and eastern states. Infected animals display abnormal behaviors, loss of bodily functions and a progressive weight loss. Current evidence suggests that the disease is transmitted through infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions). Prions are normal cell proteins whose shape has been transformed, causing CWD. The disease is transmitted by exposure to saliva of infected animals. Susceptible animals can also acquire CWD by eating feces from an infected animal, or soil contaminated by them. Once contaminated, soil can remain a source of infection for many years, making CWD a particularly difficult disease to manage.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:08 PM
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Sorry to hear that for you and the whole state of MI. It's a bad disease which will affect the deer for years to come. They tried to control it in WI and it continues to spread each year.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:19 PM
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We don't bait here in MB just for that reason. Althoughits still legal to hunton crops[&:]
We also don't have game farms as its illegal to have any animal that is wild in mb in captivity....... except the zoo.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:27 PM
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As long as the disease hasn't got outside of the pen we are fine and no baiting will actually help 99% of the hunting here!
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