Funding for this project is provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation, the Boone and Crockett Club, MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.
We are grateful to the many private landowners in mid-Michigan who allowed our researchers to work on their property. This study could not have been conducted without their assistance and cooperation. We also thank the individuals who returned collars to us after timed drop off or harvest.
This research is part of the Michigan Deer Disease Initiative (MDDI), which was established in 2016 in response to the emergence of chronic wasting disease and epizootic hemorrrhagic disease in Michigan. The MDDI uses cutting-edge analytics to help managers find diseased animals quickly, control the spread of disease, and understand how disease impacts population resiliency.