Deer and cattle health continue to be a concern in Alcona County.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages Alcona County hunters to get deer checked for bovine tuberculosis.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that a large beef herd is infected with bovine tuberculosis. This is the 18th herd infection in Alcona County since cattle testing began in the late 1990s.

“We also observed an increase in the apparent prevalence of the disease in free-ranging deer last year,” Emily Sewell, Department of Natural Resources wildlife health specialist for the northern Lower Peninsula, said.  This increase occurred in both Deer Management Unit 452, the core area for the disease, and in the surrounding Deer Management Unit 487.

Since less than 50% of deer with TB have actual lesions in the chest cavity of lungs that a hunter may see when field-dressing the animal, it is important to bring the deer to a check station to know if your deer is positive for TB

Visit michigan.gov/deercheck to find the location and hours of deer check stations near you.

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