Chronic Wasting Disease, What the WI DNR Told Residents

By KBJR News 1

Chronic Wasting Disease, What the WI DNR Told Residents

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM CDT

Spooner, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) - Dozens of people in Spooner, Wisconsin discussed chronic wasting disease Monday after an infected do was found in Washburn County.

Officials say the doe was found just west of Shell Lake and is the first CWD-positive deer in northern Wisconsin.

CWD can be spread more easily when deer are baited, and affects the nervous system in deer, moose, and elk.

While hunters say they're not giving up the hunt, they will be taking caution during their outings this Fall.

The DNR plans to test deer within a 10 mile radius of the positive deer and will set up testing stations for hunters and other deer handlers starting mid-August and will be putting baiting bans in place.

Although there is no scientific link between CWD and humans contracting it, residents are worried about a potential decline in deer hunting this fall and the effect it could have on related tourism

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