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Hunters urged to protect UP from chronic wasting disease

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

State officials have kicked off a public education campaign designed to prevent chronic wasting disease from reaching Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The Department of Natural Resources is getting the word out with billboards, bumper stickers, news broadcasts and a fact sheet.

Chronic wasting disease affects the central nervous system and is fatal to white-tail deer, mule deer, elk and moose. There is no known treatment.

It was detected earlier this year in free-ranging deer in the Lower Peninsula's Ingham County and has turned up in more than 20 other states, including neighboring Wisconsin.

The DNR is particularly concerned about hunters bringing infected deer to the Upper Peninsula from other places. Spokesman John Pepin says hunters should educate themselves and others about restrictions on transporting deer to the U.P.

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