LANSING – Wildlife disease is on the rise and human beings may be the culprits. And people have a lot at stake. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 60 percent of known human infectious diseases and 70 percent of the newly discovered ones are spread from animals. An increase in wildlife disease means an increase in human disease. It also threatens agriculture, recreational hunting and pets.
By Lauren Gibbons
Capital News Service
LANSING — Federal wildlife refuges across the state will celebrate the outdoors and raise public awareness of their initiatives as during this year’s National Wildlife Refuge Week. Coordinated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Refuge System maintains about 150 million acres in 558 refuges across the country. The national celebration runs from Oct. 14-20. Michigan has three main refuges: Seney in the Upper Peninsula, Shiawassee near Saginaw Bay and Detroit River in Southeast Michigan.