Officials: High level of PFAS found in deer, ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory issued

A ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory has been issued for deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township Friday morning after high levels of PFAS were found within a single deer. (Photo: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Facebook page)

OSCODA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory has been issued for deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township Friday morning after high levels of PFAS were found within a single deer.

One deer out of 20 tested around the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base was found to have high levels of PFOS.

Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid is one type of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances chemical which is also known as PFAS.

PFAS was either not found or was at low levels in muscle samples from the other 19 deer.

The five-mile radius also covers what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has estimated to be the expected travel range of deer living in or near the marsh.

Hunters are advised to dispose of any deer in their freezer that may have come from this area and do not eat it.

The state has plans to test more deer from this area.


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