Wildlife Disease and Zoonotics


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A thesis submitted to Michigan State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.


Bovine tuberculosis has been discovered at unprecedented levels in Michigan wildlife, especially white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Human behaviors, particularly the use of bait and feed, have facilitated the spread of the disease into free-ranging white-tailed deer populations. Policies aimed at eradicating bovine tuberculosis in Michigan require public compliance and cooperation in order to be successful. Because of the human contribution to the spread of bovine tuberculosis in Michigan wildlife, and the social nature of subsequent bovine tuberculosis eradication policies, we conducted a survey of bovine TB issue stakeholder groups in northeast Michigan, including non-resident hunters, resident hunters, livestock producers, business owners/managers, and the general public.