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DNR Holding Deer Advisory Council Meetings
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/11/2017

County Deer Advisory Councils will hold a special meeting in January for the specific purpose of discussing recommendations for responding to chronic wasting disease at both statewide and local levels. Councils will review information regarding CWD and discuss the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 15-year Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan.

The DNR says the response plan will guide the agency's approach to CWD in Wisconsin, and is currently under review by DNR, DATCP and the Conservation Congress along with a stakeholder-based CWD Response Plan review committee.

During a recent public comment period, more than 1,600 people submitted feedback on preliminary action items developed by the Response Plan review committee.

At the January meeting, each council will review preliminary recommendations from the review committee and online public feedback to provide feedback on preliminary action items in the plan review. The response plan covers a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, CWD surveillance and monitoring, hunting season tools, captive cervid regulations, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement.

A final report on the CWD response plan review will be presented to the Natural Resources Board in March.

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