Contact(s): Kevin Wallenfang, DNR deer and elk ecologist, 608-261-7589; Bob Nack, DNR big game section chief, 608-264-6137
MADISON -- County Deer Advisory Councils will hold a special meeting in January for the specific purpose of discussing recommendations for responding to chronic wasting disease at both statewide and local levels.
Councils will review information regarding CWD and discuss the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' 15-year Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan. This response plan will guide the department's approach to CWD in Wisconsin, and is currently under review by DNR, DATCP and the Conservation Congress along with a stakeholder-based CWD Response Plan review committee.
During a public comment period, which ran from Dec. 20 to Jan. 3, 2017, more than 1,600 people submitted feedback on preliminary action items developed by the Response Plan review committee. The DNR would like to thank those who participated in the public comment period and encourage everyone with an interest in Wisconsin's deer herd to attend a January CDAC meeting. Preliminary action items [PDF] currently under consideration by the Response Plan review committee can be found at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "CWD response plan."
At the special January meeting, each council will review preliminary recommendations from the review committee and online public feedback to provide feedback on preliminary action items in the plan review. The response plan covers a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, CWD surveillance and monitoring, hunting season tools, captive cervid regulations, biosecurity and safety, research, and public involvement.
For CDAC meeting information, search keyword "CDAC" and select the link labeled "find your county's January meeting location, date and start time [PDF]." Meeting dates can also be found through the public meetings calendar - search keywords "County Deer Advisory Council."
A final report on the CWD response plan review will be presented to the Natural Resources Board in March 2017.
For more information regarding chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, search keyword "CWD."