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State Taking Actions to Combat the Spread of CWD
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/03/2018

The Wisconsin Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources are stepping up efforts to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state's deer herd. On Wednesday, Gov. Scott Walker announced that the state will be carrying out new initiatives, including a requirement that all deer farms build better fencing.

"We need to protect Wisconsin's hunting traditions and long-standing heritage by working together to contain the spread of CWD in deer," Walker said. "Wisconsin put together a comprehensive plan years ago that implemented new testing procedures to identify and root out CWD while committing to new steps to combat CWD. Today, we will move forward on implementing new rules that will place us among the leaders in the nation's fight against CWD."

As part of the new rules, deer operations would need to erect up to two eight-foot-high fences, an electric fence or an impermeable physical barrier. Currently, state law requires such farms to have one fence.

Meanwhile, the DNR is also creating emergency and permanent rules banning the movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties. Hunters would still be allowed to quarter the deer within the county it was harvested and then take the meat anywhere, but no portion of the spinal cord may be attached or moved.

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