A Whitetail shot this drop in Dickinson County, Michigan, tested positive for chronic waste disease, the first documented case of deadly deer disease in the state's upper peninsula.

The finding was announced on Thursday by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The agency said it is taking immediate action to address the situation on the Upper Peninsula.

In the short term, state officials will increase CWD testing and conduct active surveillance to better understand where the disease exists, said Russ Mason, MDNR Wildlife Division Chief

The agency's goal is to determine if this is true CWD-positive wild is a single outlier or if more deer are infected in the area.

The sick animal, a 4-year-old d oe, was killed on a farm in Waucedah Township, about 4 miles north of the Wisconsin-Michigan border, according to John Pepin, Deputy Public Information Officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The site is about 10 miles east of Niagara, Wisconsin, and 15 miles east of Iron Mountain, Michigan.

The deer was shot on an agricultural permit and submitted for testing. The CWD-positive outcome was confirmed at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory of Michigan State University in East Lansing and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture in Ames, Iowa.

Michigan's first CWD positive animal was raised in 2008 on a deer farm in Kent County on the State Lower Peninsula. The disease has since been found in another captive facility and since 2015 in wild deer in six counties of the Lower Peninsula.

However, all Lower Peninsula finds are separated by more than 150 miles from the youngest CWD-positive deer in Dickinson County.

The next documented case of CWD was found at a deer farm in Marinette County, Wisconsin, in June

This animal, a 2-year-old Doe, died of wildfishing at Wild Rivers Whitetails in Goodman , Wisconsin. The business has about 320 deer in a 230-acre single-gated facility and also maintains a close fenced area as a shooting preserve, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Pepin said warn It is not known how the wild stags in Dickinson County got infected.

Michigan began 2015 with a "Keep the UP CWD Free" campaign. In addition to education about the disease, the state issued a decree banning the import of whole deer carcasses from Wisconsin and other CWD-positive areas.

In North America, CWD has been documented in free-ranging or captive deer species in 25 states and three Canadian provinces.

Pepin said that the increased awareness created by the CWD campaign will help the agency implement countermeasures.

The agency has set itself the goal of testing 600 deer in a 10 square kilometer core area in and around Waucedah Township [19659006] "We will need the help of hunters who have been very cooperative in all our efforts so far "Pepin said.

The Agency will set up additional drop boxes for deer heads in the area, as well as offering disease control permits to interested landowners who have more than 5 acres of land within 5 miles of the center of the surveillance area.

In the longer term, Michigan sanctuaries will review the state's CWD surveillance and response plan The CWD Best Management Practices of the Federation of Fish and Wildlife Associations on how to treat the disease in the UP

" The actions of hunters are important in the fight against CWD, "said Chad Stewart, MDNR Deer Management Specialist.

Stewart challenged the hunters: continue hunting; have their deer tested on CWD; responsible transport, processing and disposal of deer carcasses; Visit the agency's website to learn more about how to transport cadavers to Michigan from outside the state; and pass these tips on to other hunters.

For the next hunting season and beyond, the DNR will review possible reaction actions with U.P. Hunters and other stakeholders to determine the best approach to combat CWD in the region, said Stewart.

Winnebago Stör Speer License Period: October 31 is the deadline for purchase 2019 Lake Winnebago Sturgeon spearing licenses

Licenses are $ 20 for residents and $ 65 for non And can be purchased by visiting GoWild.Wi.gov or a licensed sales outlet. The minimum age for the spit is 12.

There are unlimited license sales on Lake Winnebago, while the fishing on the Upriver Lakes is governed by a lottery and limited to 500 approved woodpeckers.

Speakers who have applied for a license for Upriver Lakes in the lottery but have not obtained a license will receive a preference point and may purchase a Lake Winnebago license before October 31st. The sturgeon season of Sturgeon 2019 starts on the 9th of February.

For more information about Lake Winnebago, visit dnr.wi.gov and search for "Winnebago Sturgeon Expedition".