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Deer illness detected in west Michigan

Deer (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Deer (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MUSKEGON (WKZO) -- The first cases this year of a deer disease known as EHD -- short for epizoodtic hemorrhagic disease -- have shown up in a white tailed deer in Muskegon County. Tom Cooley, a wildlife biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, says that the disease doesn't affect humans, but it's a problem for the deer and cattle.

Fortunately, the DNR can spot EHD easily because the deer who get infected all behave in a similar way. Cooley says they get fevers and can be seen hanging around water.

The DNR thinks that somewhere around 30 to 50 deer have died this year in west Michigan from EHD. It asks anyone who sees signs of infected deer to contact the department by going to its website, wwwMichigan.gov/wildlife .