Update: EHD Found in Branch & Ionia CountiesJuly 31st, 2012
Michigan’s hot, dry summer is proving to also have a negative effect on wildlife.
MUCC has confirmed with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, commonly known as EHD, has been found in deer located in the northern part of Branch County and the eastern end of Ionia County. From our understanding, this is the first time EHD has been found in either of these locations.
MUCC expects to have more information on this situation early next week.
UPDATE: July 31, 2012
The Michigan DNR has issued this press release announcing the discovery, as well as information on where to report dead deer found in the affected areas and how to dispose of them.
“…Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division staff members are developing plans for assessing the extent and impact of losses in the affected areas. Property owners who discover dead deer they suspect died of EHD in the vicinity of Branch County should call the Crane Pond field office at 269-244-5928, and in Ionia County contact the Flat River field office at 616-794-2658. In other areas of the state, reports of suspected EHD outbreaks should be made to the nearest DNR office.
It is acceptable to allow natural deterioration processes to dispose of deer that die from EHD. Natural deterioration will not spread the disease or cause other disease outbreaks. Property owners are responsible for the proper disposal of carcasses that they wish to remove from the site. Carcasses should be buried at a sufficient depth so that no parts are showing above ground. Carcasses also can be disposed of at landfills that accept household solid waste.
For more information on EHD, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlifedisease.”