Michigan DNR Finds Deer Infected with Bovine Tuberculosis Up North

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The DNR has identified two cases of Bovine Tuberculosis among deer in Presque Isle County and Montmorency County.

Rick Smith is the Bovine Tuberculosis coordinator for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He says infected deer pose a risk to cattle and bison.

“The concern is that at that Wildlife-Cattle interface that there’d be some transmission of disease … that disease would get into the cattle herd and then possibly even spread to other areas.”

Smith says there has not been an infected cattle herd in the area in nearly 15 years.

He says a public meeting on the issue will be held in Rogers City in April.