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Reminder: Don’t eat deer harvested near Oscoda Air Force base

Submitted by on November 15, 2018 – 12:42 amNo Comment

Hunters are reminded that a “Do Not Eat” advisory remains in effect for deer harvested within approximately five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township.

The marsh borders the former Wurtsmith Air Force base.

The advisory is due to high levels of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) found in a single deer taken about two miles from Clark’s Marsh.  PFOS is a type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemical found in Class B fire-fighting foam that was used at the Air Force base and other sites in Michigan.  It is a toxic chemical and has contaminated ground water in and around the base.

The “Do Not Eat” advisory does not apply to cattle, chickens, or other livestock raised in the area.  Health and natural resources experts do not believe farm animals are drinking water from Clark’s Marsh.

In Michigan, to date, only fish and deer have been sampled for PFAS. The State of Michigan is creating a plan to sample more deer for the chemical, as well as further exploring contamination in other wildlife such as turkey and waterfowl.

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