Local CWD advisory group wants mandatory testing in west-central Wisconsin

A local Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) advisory group with members from six different counties in west-central Wisconsin wants the state's National Resources Board to reconsider its decision to make deer testing for CWD in a part of this six-county area voluntary instead of mandatory.

The DNR initially had required deer harvested in the townships of Rock Creek, Brunswick, Albany, Drammen, and Pleasant Valley during the nine-day season to be tested for CWD back in early September. These townships are in Eau Claire, Pepin and Dunn counties. This was done upon the recommendation of the Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Committee which represents the aforementioned counties along with Buffalo, Trempealeau, and Chippewa counties.

However, on Oct. 2, the state's Natural Resources Board, revised the DNR's decision, stating that the testing be voluntary rather than mandatory.

This prompted the advisory group to write a letter to the NRB denouncing its decision and asking for its reconsideration.

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