Privacy Lawsuit and CWD

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

In 2002, chronic wasting disease was discovered at Stan Hall's game farm in Portage County. Now, Hall is fighting back, not against the disease, but against the state with a civil lawsuit that claims wardens wrongfully obtained a search warrant to enter his farm.

The Department of Natural Resources would not comment on the lawsuit, but say they need cooperation from everyone, not just those in the hunting community.

"I don't think it should be falling out of the backs of hunters' and fishers' wildlife fees," said Scott Hassett, Director of Wisconsin DNR, "we do need more help."

Hassett says deer hunting is a $1 billion a year business in Wisconsin that has an impact on everyone living here, hunter or not.

He says the DNR spent $15 million over the past two years combating CWD, but they need much more help to eradicate it.

For those who were at Saturday's game farmers' convention in Stevens Point, part of that help is the farmers' willingness to communicate with the public.

"The reason I'm here today is to empower these producers, these farmers, to walk up to you and say 'hey, I'd like to tell my story,'" said Trent Loos, Game Farm Advocate.

The idea is having game farmers and the government working together before CWD goes from being a problem to a disaster.

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