DNR to begin western U.P. deer migration study

White-tailed deer are the subject of a new multi-year study by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to determine seasonal migration and abundance in the U.P. (Michigan DNR photo)

MARQUETTE—The Michigan DNR will soon begin capturing and collaring white-tailed deer in the western Upper Peninsula as part of a multi-year study to quantify movement patterns of deer, especially migration between winter and summer ranges.
    Completing the study will provide DNR wildlife managers with valuable information needed if chronic wasting disease–an incurable, always fatal disease found in deer, moose, mule deer and elk (cervids)–is detected in the U.P.
    “Although CWD has not yet been documented in the Upper Peninsula, managers found infected deer in two Wisconsin captive cervid facilities within 30 miles of the Michigan border,” said Terry Minzey, DNR U.P. regional wildlife supervisor. “While it is not possible to predict if, or when, we will find CWD in the U.P., preparations seem prudent. In some instances, deer in the U.P. have been documented seasonally migrating more than 30 miles.”
    Chronic wasting disease attacks the brain of infected animals, creating small lesions in the brain that which result in death. The disease is transmitted through direct animal-to-animal contact or by contact with saliva, urine, feces, blood, carcass parts of an infected animal or infected soil.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etypeservices.com/Iron%20County%20ReporterID500/"><span style="font-size: 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>