03/27/2018–The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will host a series of public engagement meetings on chronic wasting disease – a fatal central nervous system disease found in deer, elk and moose. The meetings will provide an opportunity for the commission and department to hear suggestions and observations from hunters and residents interested in the health of the state’s deer herd.

Vicki Pontz, chair of the Natural Resources Commission, said that both the commission and the DNR are focused on achieving specific CWD management objectives that include:

  • Slowing the spread of the disease.
  • Achieving a low prevalence rate.
  • Preventing the disease from reaching new areas.
  • Maintaining Michigan’s rich hunting traditions.

At the meetings, DNR staff members will provide a CWD update and then collect attendees’ written ideas on how best to address this issue. The nearest CWD public engagement meeting will take place at Bay College in Iron Mountain on April 25th from 6 to 8pm.