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Kind, Sensenbrenner Introduce Bill to Prevent the Spread of CWD
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/07/2019

A pair of Wisconsin congressmen are introducing federal legislation that aims to manage and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. Reps. Ron Kind and Jim Sensenbrenner say their Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act will support state and tribal efforts to develop and implement management strategies and support research regarding the causes of CWD. The bill will also support methods to control the spread of the disease.

"Chronic Wasting Disease has the potential to devastate our deer herds, which is why we're working together to introduce a bipartisan bill that brings scientists, local officials, and hunters to the table to help manage and prevent the spread of the disease," Kind said.

Sensenbrenner adds that hunting is an important family-centered activity for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites and has a multi-billion dollar economic impact on the state.

"Unfortunately, hunters have to be careful of CWD and the potential dangers it poses to humans," he noted. "This bipartisan legislation would support state and tribal efforts to control and reduce CWD, helping to make our beautiful state's wildlife healthier and safer for all."

As of February, CWD has been confirmed in 26 states, and there are serious concerns that the disease will continue to spread to herds across the country. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has recorded 1,049 deer as being positive for CWD in 19 counties in 2018.

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