Hunters and citizens invited to collaborate on CWD

LANSING— 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.
    “Hunter and citizen involvement and support of efforts to contain and eradicate chronic wasting disease are critical,” Pontz said. “We want to hear from our stakeholders. We are asking them to share their thoughtful opinions on any new hunting regulations they believe may be needed before the start of the 2018 deer hunting season.”
    At the meetings, DNR staff members will provide a CWD update and then collect attendees’ written ideas on how best to address this issue. Those unable to attend a meeting may participate in a web-based opportunity available starting April 10 at michigan.gov/cwd.
    CWD public engagement meetings in the Upper Peninsula will take place in:
    -Marquette, April 24 – 6-8 p.m., Marquette High School, 1203 W. Fair Ave.
    -Iron Mountain, April 25 – 6-8 p.m. (central time), Bay College, 2801 North U.S. 2.
    -Newberry, May 2 – 6-8 p.m., Tahquamenon High School Auditorium, 700 Newberry Ave.
    -Houghton, May 3 – 6-8 p.m., Magnuson Hotel, 820 Shelden Ave.
 

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