Shortfall of Deer Heads Submitted

By: Sabrina Wu
By: Sabrina Wu

The Department of Natural Resources desperately needs the help of hunters. The DNR is trying to meet a goal of 550 deer heads from every county. They say donations from hunters are drastically below where they expected them to be.

Hunters are allowed to save the antlers of trophy bucks they've shot, but the DNR says it's absolutely necessary it gets as many deer heads as it can.

This is the first time collection sites like this have been set up throughout the state of Wisconsin. It's also the most comprehensive Chronic Wasting Disease program in U.S. history.

Every wildlife staffer, plus 1,000 volunteers are giving up their weekend to man 88 collection sites in 19 counties.

"They need to get a 99 percent certainty of where this disease has spread," said Jennifer Rabuck, a DNR information officer, "Otherwise all the efforts are going to be in vain. If we're only 85 percent sure, it doesn't really help us."

From the collection sites, deer heads will be taken to a lab where experts will remove the brain stem sample. It will then be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease. Collection sites will be open until 8 p.m. Sunday evening.

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