By Paul Schmitt
With the reported disease of bovine tuberculosis found in a deer herd in Algona County, Michigan this week, area deer hunters can rest easy for now, according to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesperson. According to USA Today, the TB diagnosis in Michigan is the 73rd since 1998. DNR Wildlife Biologist Joshua Martinez says none have yet been found in Wisconsin yet and samples sent to Madison processing centers for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing would red flag any deer meat infected with bovine TB.
Martinez says Minnesota has also had issues with a TB outbreak in the past. He says signs of bovine TB include white pustules and lesions on the rib cage and lung area in the deer cavity. You can find more information on bovine TB and CWD on the Wisconsin DNR website.