CWD Committee

By: Stacy Eckes
By: Stacy Eckes

We've seen hostility and finger pointing in the battle against Chronic Wasting Disease, but that could soon be changing.

Deer farmers who joined the CWD monitoring program feel that if they have a deer that tests positive, they should be entitled to a second opinion before the results put them out of business. They also say the Department of Natural Resources has been overzealous in the searches of deer farms.

But now, both sides seem to be working toward common ground.

Deer farmers, the DNR and the Department of Agriculture got together recently to work out some differences.

"If we are fighting, if there is great discord and we are apart for whatever reason or if the agencies are apart, we can't solve this problem. We can't deal with the disease," said Gary Goyke, a deer farmer lobbyist.

They have formed a committee that will come up with a protocol. So that when a deer is tested, deer farmers will be able to have results they can trust.

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