The natural resources board voted Wednesday on stricter rules regarding baiting and feeding deer, and DNR officials like wildlife director Tom Hauge say that's vital to stopping the spread of CWD.
"This disease is going to, if we don't take action, increase in the percentage of deer that have it and those are all deer that you or I can't put on our dinner table."
Twenty-four counties in Wisconsin already have documented cases of CWD. The new rules will change nothing in those counties. It's in places where there hasn't yet been a case of CWD that people will notice a difference.
Counties with documented cases already have an all-out ban on baiting and feeding, which won't be lifted anytime soon, but those counties not with no known cases of CWD where you'll see stricter limits on the amount of bait and the number of feeding sites you can use.
These changes are part of legislation the state passed last year, but some board members, like Herb Behnke, don't think it goes far enough.
"The better way is not to be doing any winter feeding of deer and also to not have a baiting situation.”
The DNR supports a statewide ban on baiting. That may not happen soon, but in the meantime they say these stricter guidelines are a step in the right direction towards eradicating CWD.
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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture contributed to this report.