- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are targeting the illegal importation of deer into the state as part of an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The state says Tuesday that officers recently seized six deer being transported into the state along the Interstate 94 corridor of the border with Indiana in southwestern Michigan.

The effort targeted deer from states with chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer herds. Michigan law prohibits such importation.

Five Michigan residents have been charged with the illegal transportation of deer into the state. They face fines of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail. The seized deer have been transported to a lab, where they’ll be tested for the fatal disease that attacks the brains of deer.

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