deer herd

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Wildlife biologists are worried about how prolonged wintry weather will affect deer in the Upper Peninsula.

State Department of Natural Resources supervisor Terry Minzey says things looked good for the U.P. deer herd a month ago. But the situation has deteriorated as winter has held on.

Deer fitted with radio collars for DNR studies have suffered a 13.5 percent mortality rate so far this winter, with 11 percent of adult female deer dying.

Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State wildlife regulators are asking scientists for help in preventing chronic wasting disease from spreading among Michigan's whitetail deer.
   The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently voted to form a team of experts to develop recommendations.
   Chronic wasting disease first turned up in the state's free-ranging deer two years ago.
   It's a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes brain degeneration and eventually death.