The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging all hunters in northeast Michigan to take deer heads to DNR check stations or drop boxes to be tested for bovine tuberculosis.
Sample heads are needed from 12 counties in the region, including Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle.
Surveillance goals for these counties help biologists understand the scale of bovine TB infection in the local deer herd.
“Sixty percent of deer that test positive for bovine tuberculosis show no signs of the disease, so testing is important,” said Emily Sewell, DNR wildlife health specialist.
Bovine TB is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis and, though typically occurring in cattle, can infect nearly any mammal, including humans.
As an added convenience, several self-service drop boxes are available 24 hours a day throughout the region. Hunters will need a smartphone to submit deer heads at these locations.
11-18-20 [Alcona deputies make 6 arrests over the week]
Alcona County Sheriff deputies made six arrests over the week, including one each for drunk driving, operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and felonious assault.
The department handled a total of 90 calls for help, including a sexual assault and burglary.
There were also three reports of fraud, three for domestic violence, two for threats and larceny, and one for child neglect and trespassing.
Deputies were also on scene of 19 traffic crashes including 15 between cars and deer.
Residents of Curtis Township and Mikado placed the most calls to police.