DNR board moves on CWD

posted July 2, 2018 8:51 a.m. (CDT)
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MADISON (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved a scope statement outlining new chronic wasting disease regulations.

The board passed the statement unanimously June 27. The vote allows DNR to begin drafting regulations.

Gov. Scott Walker directed DNR in May to ban movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties unless they’re headed to taxidermists or meat processors and investigate enhanced fencing for whitetail deer farms. DNR officials say that could mean requiring installing a second fence, an electric fence or an impermeable barrier.

Walker has directed the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to require all other cervid farmers to choose an enhanced fencing option and ban movement of live deer off farms in CWD-affected counties.

Deer farmers have balked at the cost of upgrading fences.

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