Preliminary lab results were positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) virus in a sample of a dead deer from Clark County the DNR staff submitted to a lab for testing early this month.
EHD is the same virus that hit Michiana deer a few years ago. Clark County is located in southern Indiana.
Additional testing is required to determine the strain of EHD virus. Results of testing of samples from deer from several other counties are pending.
A series of deer hunting regulations and changes aimed at slowing the spread of chronic wasting disease were approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.
The action came after a thorough review of the best available science on CWD and multiple opportunities for public input.
CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids (deer, elk and moose). The disease attacks the brain of an infected animal and produces small lesions that result in death. There is no cure; once an animal is infected, it will die.
Spring is a great time to start preparing your area for deer habitat. You may be considering ways to make your property more attractive to deer or might be thinking about what to plant in your food plot. Here are some tips and considerations as you are making habitat improvement plans this year.
Deer do best in areas with young forests and brush, where they eat buds, branches, fresh grass and green leaves that are close to the ground. If the forest on your property is too old, it can be managed by logging or developing forest openings. You can also manage fields, croplands and marshes by planting grasses, trees, shrubs and food plots. When you're managing your land, remember the habitat needs of deer vary by season.
One place to start is evaluating the existing habitat elements and cover types that are already on your property. After you've assessed your property, you can start thinking about what you want to change or improve.