Information about Type E Botulism in Michigan's Wildlife

Type E botulism has been confirmed in the deaths of many fish-eating waterfowl and diving ducks along the beaches of northern Lake Michigan. For more information about Botulism in Wildlife, visit the Wildlife Disease Manual.

Type E Botulism Outbreaks: A Manual for Beach Managers and the Public
Collection of Carcasses for Submission and Examination

Citizens should contact one of the individuals on the Northern Lake Michigan Botulism contact list below. If unable to do this, the nearest DNR Wildlife Office should be contacted and arrangements made to deliver the specimens to the office. It may be possible for DNR personnel to pick up specimens, but it may be necessary to deliver them. DNR field personnel will forward the specimens to the DNR wildlife Disease Lab in Lansing for necropsy and botulism testing.

NORTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN BOTULISM CONTACT LIST

COUNTY COORDINATOR COUNTIES PHONE Email
Mark Breederland Benzie
Leelanau
231-922-4628 breeder@msu.edu
Peg Comfort Antrim 231-676-0566 whitepine@torch.lake.com
Matt Claucherty Alpena
Charlevoix
Cheboygan
Emmet
Presque Isle
231-347-1181 ext 109 matt@watershedcouncil.org
Joe Kaplan Delta
Mackinac
Menominee
Schoolcraft
906-487-9060 commoncoast@gmail.com
John Nelson Grand Traverse 231-935-1514 baykeeper@gtbay.org
Sue Jennings Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 231-326-4751 Sue_Jennings@nps.gov