CWD Meeting At Spooner High School Draws Concerned Hunters

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 5:58 am

A crowd of about 100 hunters filled the Spooner High School auditorium last night for a public meeting about Chronic Wasting Disease. It was less than a month ago that CWD was discovered in a deer near Shell Lake in Northwestern Wisconsin. Now, the state Department of Natural Resources is asking the community for help in collecting samples to be tested.

The hunters came with questions about how the disease can be stopped. Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal brain disease that impacts deer, moose and elk. It first came to Wisconsin ten years ago, but since then, it’s spread north.

The Wisconsin DNR unveiled their plans last night to test the deer, and count exactly how many are infected.

The deer with CWD near Shell Lake was is the first ever to test positive for CWD in the northern part of the state, and hunters are concerned. Many hunters report the deer population in the area is down already, and that the disease could make it even worse.

The DNR said a CWD problem in Southern Wisconsin prompted hunting rule changes. They said at one point hunters could shoot an unlimited number of deer, then they were tested.

Those rule changes aren’t likely to happen in Northern Wisconsin.

For now, the state wants deer samples from hunters, landowners, and even deer killed on the road. Following the hunting season, the DNR said it’ll take a look at the numbers, and respond accordingly.

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