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Wildlife, Disease Experts at Michigan CWD Symposium
USAgNet - 10/11/2017

Wildlife scientists and other experts from across the country gathered last week in East Lansing for the state's Chronic Wasting Disease Symposium -- an opportunity to share ideas and focus on finding solutions for containing CWD, a fatal neurological disease that first emerged in Michigan's free-ranging, white-tailed deer population in 2015.

Hosted by the Michigan departments of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development, along with the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, the two-day workshop brought together approximately 200 individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

"There was an impressive list of experts who are internationally known for their research on chronic wasting disease," stated Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR wildlife veterinarian. "There were representatives from several universities, including Georgia, Colorado State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Midwestern and Michigan State."

In addition, the symposium welcomed speakers from state agencies representing Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Wyoming, and, as well as several nongovernmental and government agencies including the Quality Deer Management Association, the North American Deer Farmers Association, the United States Geological Survey and the United States Department of Agriculture.

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