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Wis. DNR unveils new 15-year CWD plan

July 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

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.

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A fifteen year plan to combat a disease as serious CWD in Wisconsin shows some real planning efforts there.  I wonder what IDNR’s long term plans are for combatting the CWD problem in Illinois, or if they will develop one, given the status of their current funding crisis?

For those of you interested in the Wisconsin CWD problem, the following information was on their website:

“Davin Lopez, CWD project leader for the DNR, said the plan reflects input from diverse sources, including a citizen stakeholder advisory group, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and an independent panel of experts in animal disease and related fields from around the country that reviewed and suggested modifications to the plan.

In general, the plan is more detailed than the previous version, including citing specific goals (pursuing a statewide ban on baiting and feeding) and actions (the use of sharpshooters to kill deer on public land and private property where permission can be obtained).

“Nonetheless, no matter how strong the plan is, it will only be successful if it has the support and associated active participation of our partners and the public,” Lopez said.

A link to the 15-year CWD draft plan is posted on http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors.”

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Actually I give Illinois high marks for cwd efforts, and I live in a county where there have been several positive cases.

The staff has been very informative privately, at public meetings. They have been straightforward giving information without sugar coating. The insight provided on the IDNR website including historical statistics, maps and reports are excellent.

The lack of controversy in Illinois vs. the near lynchings in WI is a credit to the method of handling of information and plans by the IDNR, as well as IL hunters taking time to understand the facts. Also cooperating landowners/homeowners who don’t hunt allowing deer killing on their property has been very important also.

This has been accomplished despite the well publicized lack of funds and personnel.

Credit where credit is due.

Posted by Bob Coine on 07/29 at 10:58 AM

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