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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pseudorabies Found in Michigan

Pseudorabies was found in a wild hog trapped in Midland County in June.  The animal was one of five wild hogs trapped in back-to-back nights on a farm north of U.S.-10.  The trapping effort was part of a program in that area involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.

Pseudorabies is a disease potentially devastating to domestic swine.  Yet, Michigan Department of Agriculture Director Keith Creagh downplays the recent find, saying it was "not unexpected."  Creagh has vehemently fought a ban on rraising/possessing wild hogs in Michigan, but also say the state must reduce its wild hog numbers.  Is there a disconnect here?  Click here to read the Gongwer report written in August of 2011.

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