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DNR Reports 11,000 Deer Have Died from EHD

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New numbers from the DNR show a deadly disease has now killed more than 11,000 deer in Michigan.

Tests confirm deer have died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 30 counties. They include Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lenawee, Manistee, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Osceola, Ottawa, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Joseph, Washtenaw, and Wayne. 

Ionia County ranks at the top, with more than 2,000 cases there. EHD only affects hoofed animals, so there's no risk to people.

Officials are hopeful the die-off will end soon after the first deep frost.

Chad Thelen has been hunting for 26 years and now is the Branch President of the Clinton/Ionia County QDMA.

"Our season's been really slow. Haven't hunted a lot. The handful of times I have, I really haven't seen any deer at all," said Thelen.

He says the effects of EHD are definitely being felt and he expects to continue to see the impact as more hunters get out in the woods. Normally during bow season, he goes out about 3 to 4 times a week, so far he's only been out 4 times total. Thelen says usually they harvest some does in early October, but this year he isn't shooting at any.

"That's the challenge and the great thing about being out in the woods is you never know what's going to be around the next tree or around the next bend. So we'll just find out what's going to happen here in the next couple of weeks," said Thelen.

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