Deer

Hunting season deer

2019 Deer Season CWD Notice

1. What is it?

Chronic wasting disease is a contagious, neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose. It causes a degeneration of the brain resulting in emaciation (abnormally thin), abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death. It is caused by a normal protein, called a prion, that folds incorrectly and can infect other deer. CWD is fatal; once an animal is infected there is no recovery or cure. To date, there is no evidence that CWD can be naturally transmitted to humans or to other animals. (cited from https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/)

2. Are there other animals with this type of disease?

(also known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies or TSEs)

  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)
    Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is a fatal neurodegenerative brain disorder affecting cattle that is believed to be caused by abnormally folded proteins called prions.
  • Scrapie
    Scrapie is a fatal neurodegenerative brain disorder caused by a prion affecting sheep and goats.
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare, 100% fatal, neurodegenerative brain disorder (affecting humans) believed to be caused by abnormally folded proteins called prions. In most cases, CJD occurs sporadically, in persons with no known risk factors or inherited genetic mutations.

3. What can be done to prevent the spread?

The USDA has already put guidance practices in place to prevent the spread or possibility of BSE (the cattle TSE) or Scrapie from entering into the food system. Through a HACCP plan and monitoring, a meat plant can successfully handle other potential TSEs by following the same principles and safety requirements.

Our Policy

It is the policy of Caledonia Packing to mirror the same practices with deer that we employ with cattle and sheep. We believe that this is the most logical and practical way for the success of both the hunter and the processor.

This year we will be accepting deer for processing except for deer from Core CWD areas DMU 333 and DMU 359.

Please see map or visit: https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79136_79608_81471-428859–,00.html.