In Michigan, two animals are tested for PFAS: fish and deer. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) partners with Michigan Department of National Resources (DNR) to evaluate the potential for wild game, including waterfowl such as ducks, sampling. Collection of waterfowl requires careful consideration of the species and migration patterns to ensure the sampling would result in information beneficial for hunters. Michigan will be discussing the species present in the area and their migration patterns to determine next steps.
As part of Michigan’s efforts to identify PFAS in Michigan, deer are tested from areas known to have PFAS contamination in lakes or rivers. In October of 2018, MDHHS and DNR issued a ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township. The advisory is due to high levels of PFAS chemicals found in deer taken within five miles of the Marsh. In April of 2019, after analyzing test results for PFAS in muscle and heart tissue taken from white-tailed deer in Oakland County’s Proud Lake Recreation Area, MDHHS concluded that consumption guidelines are not needed for deer harvested there.MORE INFORMATION
MDHHS releases Eat Safe Fish Guides annually in the Spring, and emergency advisories as needed. Fish across the state are tested for PFAS in addition to other chemicals such as mercury, as all fish have some amount of mercury. As new guidelines are set as a result of elevated levels of PFOS, Michigan is releasing those advisories outside of the annual Eat Safe Fish Guides update.MORE INFORMATION