Report: Funding, social factors affected Wisconsin CWD fight

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Department of Natural Resources review has found Wisconsin’s fight against chronic wasting disease was hampered by funding as well as social and political factors.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/2faTGXg ) that the review found the state five years ago greatly de-emphasized killing deer in high-infection areas, a statewide feeding ban wasn’t sought and prohibitions on carcass movement were complicated by expanding infection areas.

A new electronic deer harvest registration system has made collecting tissue samples harder, a marketing campaign to educate the public was discontinued due to cost and lack of money prevented surveys of public attitudes about CWD’s spread.

The DNR presented the report to an advisory committee working on revisions to the state’s long-term CWD plan. The committee met for the first time Thursday in Madison.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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