Wis. DNR unveils new 15-year CWD plan
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - State wildlife officials have tweaked their long-range plan to fight chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin deer.
The Department of Natural Resources introduced a five-year plan last summer that called for monitoring captive cervid populations, prohibiting carcass movement out of CWD zones and a statewide baiting and feeding ban.
The DNR pulled the plan back for revisions after a panel of experts felt the agency needed to be more aggressive.
The DNR’s new version spans 15 years. Changes include taking over regulation of all cervid farm fencing from agriculture officials, conducting intensive sampling around infected deer found outside current disease zones and stepping up local herd reduction in such cases, including using sharpshooters.
The DNR will take public comments on the plan through Aug. 8.