Northernmost case of confirmed chronic wasting disease in Mecosta County

Dec 13, 2017

A doe with chronic wasting disease has been found at a deer farm in Mecosta County. The fatal, neurological disease can be found in deer, elk and moose.

The number of deer thought to be infected with CWD tripled this fall, bringing the tally to 30 cases. Seventeen suspected cases were found in Montcalm County around hunting season. The deer farm's infected doe is the northernmost confirmed case so far. 

State biologists say if the disease continues to spread, it could have a devastating impact on the deer population and hunting, which could hurt Michigan’s economy.