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Wisconsin DNR missing CWD management goals

December 02, 2009 at 07:29 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The head of the state’s chronic wasting disease management program acknowledges the Department of Natural Resources has failed to meet goals for controlling the fatal deer infection.

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reported Tuesday that efforts to control the disease have cost nearly $41 million in state and federal funding over the past 7 years.

The center reports the rate of infection in adult bucks in the western CWD management zone increased from 10 percent in 2007 to 15.5 percent in 2008. The zone includes western Dane and eastern Iowa counties.

Conservation Congress chairman Ed Harvey says there’s no question that more needs to be done to stop the disease from infecting the state’s deer herd.

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