DNR designates 'core chronic wasting disease' area - WNEM TV 5

DNR designates 'core chronic wasting disease' area

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

The fridge is getting bare at the Salvation Army food pantry in Bay City. The organization would gladly accept any donated venison that's been handled by a professionally licensed processor.

"In large part we don't get donations or funding for either the soup kitchen or the food pantries so we rely heavily on donations," Sharon Pennell said.

There is some concern this year of chronic wasting disease in the Michigan deer population. As many as four cases of the disease have been detected. 

Professional and licensed meat processor Steve Beson is experienced in finding anything that could be wrong with your harvest.

Beson said if you do get a deer, if you go to a processor you should be fine, but if you're really concerned you still might want to go by the DNR.

Beson said DNR agents can also look for signs of tuberculosis.

"Stop by your DNR office, they will look at it, they will take some testing, they'll give you a patch 2015 successful deer hunt and they can tell you whether or not it has chronic wasting or TB," Beson said. "If you take your deer to a professional processor, you can be guaranteed that you're going to have a deer that's not going to have that problem. This is what we do and we clean lots of deer every year and we know what to look for."

The DNR has designated a "core chronic wasting disease area" consisting of nine townships in Shiawassee, Ingham and Clinton counties.

Hunters who kill deer in that area are required to have them tested.

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