Chronic wasting disease comments due by Friday

LANSING – Nearly 600 people so far have attended a series of public engagement meetings on chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that has affected the deer population in a handful of Michigan counties.

While the face-to-face meetings have provided a forum to hear feedback from hunters and other interested community members, online opportunities are available as well for those unable to attend any of the meetings.

A video of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources presentation on CWD, by DNR state wildlife veterinarian Dr. Kelly Straka and deer management specialist Chad Stewart, and an online survey are available at

All feedback is due by Friday and will be shared with the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at its May meeting.

Chronic wasting disease is a serious wildlife challenge. The DNR hopes to receive broad, thoughtful feedback from throughout the state, feedback that will help shape the next steps moving forward.

For more information, contact Stewart at 517-284-4745.