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Rep. Milroy Wants More Action to Combat CWD in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/26/2018

A member of the state Assembly's Natural Resources Committee is calling on members of Governor Scott Walker's cabinet to do more to fight the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease on Wisconsin's deer farms. In a letter to State Agriculture Secretary Sheila Harsdorf, Rep. Nick Milroy said he is concerned about the recent increase of captive deer and deer farms that have tested positive for CWD.

"It was reported that DATCP has placed the entire state under quarantine due to Emerald Ash Borer. We don't want to get to that point with deer," Milroy said. "Immediate action must be taken to identify, cull, and test any animal that has been transported prior to being placed under quarantine to any non-quarantined farm."

The South Range Democrat adds that if any of these farms are located outside of Wisconsin, the respective agencies from those states must be notified as soon as possible.

"We know that deer can be infected with CWD for years before showing signs of the disease," he said. "This is why it is so critical to test any deer that have been transported off of these farms even if the transfer occurred prior to being placed under quarantine. It is imperative that we get a handle on the spread of this disease between captive operations to protect private investments, taxpayers, and our wild deer herd."

Milroy wants DATCP to provide his office with data for the past five years as to how many deer have been transferred from farms that subsequently were quarantined for CWD and where those deer were transferred.

He has also written similar requests over the past month to Walker's office and DNR Secretary Dan Meyer.

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