Hunters! Watch Out for Tuberculosis in Your Deer!
State officials are warning people to be on the look out for bovine tuberculosis (TB) when they go deer hunting as it was just confirmed in Alcona County.
According to the Detroit Free Press it was found in a beef herd.
Cattle in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda must be tested before leaving their farms.
Bovine TB is defined as a bacteria that largely affects cattle, however, can be transferred to other animals (wildlife) when in close proximity to each other. The disease can be found in the lungs and and intestines of the animal (source: Michigan.gov). Signs to look out for in the deer include:
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and head
- Nodules in the chest cavity or lungs
- Severe case - lesions throughout the body
However, not all deers will show symptoms so its encouraged to get your deer tested before consumption.
The Associated Press reports that since 1998, this is the 73rd herd [in Michigan] to be diagnosed with Bovine Tuberculosis. It's mostly found in the north east part of the lower peninsula.
You can get more information about the disease and what to do if you find an infected deer here.
Archery season ends on November 14th and firearms season goes from November 15th through the 30th.