“Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt” legislation to prevent spread of CWD this gun deer season

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Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – As the gun deer season approaches this weekend, state lawmakers unveil plans to address chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin. Senator Jeff Smith and representative Katrina Shankland hosted a virtual press conference to introduce the legislative package.

The “Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt” legislation aims to reduce and prevent the spread of CWD. CWD is a fatal, contagious neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose.

State senator Jeff Smith says Wisconsin’s hunting heritage will be impacted if steps aren’t taken to address the spread of CWD. 

“We really need to encourage all we can for hunters to get their deer tested. It isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s something that is helpful for the sustainability of our herd, the sustainability of hunting, and the health of our herd.”

The package will provide funding for CWD research and management, testing kiosks and carcass disposal sites and dumpsters. 

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