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Lansing — State regulators have expanded the area in south-central Michigan where deer killed by hunters must be tested for chronic wasting disease.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission recently established the broader “core area” where special requirements are in place to limit spread of the fatal disease.

The area has been enlarged from nine townships to 17 in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

Successful hunters in the area will be required to take their deer to a DNR check station for testing.

The department has scheduled town hall meetings to explain the policy for June 1 in Lansing and June 7 in Ionia.

More than 5,000 Michigan deer have been tested in the past year. Seven were found to be infected with chronic wasting disease.

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