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DNR: Nearly 8,500 Deer Dead in Michigan

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Almost 8,500 deer across Michigan have died from EHD according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

EHD is a disease that causes deer to suffer a high fever and internal bleeding. The DNR says a small fly known as a midge bites the deer transferring the disease.

Officials say nearly half of the deer that have died from EHD have been found in Ionia County.  

Just two days into bow hunting season and many are talking about the problem.

Steve Hayes, a manager at Bob's Gun and Tackle Shop in Barry County, says people are not putting away their bows just yet.

"Our customers are concerned, they are also concerned sportsman too. They're deciding if they are going to back off on the number of deer they are going to shoot this year, but what we are seeing so far is most people are still interested in going out and doing some deer hunting," said Hayes.

James Waller says the outbreak will cause him to cutback because he has a concern of wiping out too many prize game. Waller says he usually gets out around 15-20 times per season.

"A lot of the big bucks, the DNA that is there, we are losing that gene of that deer. We're trying to create a really good herd to raise some nice deer," said Waller. "Something like this comes along and it wipes out a lot of work, time and effort."

"We're going to be carefully watching the situation to and watching how it affects business, so we can react to that going forward," says Hayes.

A frost is expected to hit as early as this weekend, leaving many hopeful it will put an end to the disease and see hunting season can return to normal.

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