Contact(s): Mark Rasmussen, DNR wildlife biologist, 608-685-6222, Mark.Rasmussen@wisconsin.gov
March 11, 2020 at 3:13:26 pm
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting next week regarding the status of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in western Eau Claire County. The meeting will take place Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Rock Creek Town Hall on County HWY H in Rock Falls and the public is encouraged to attend.
At the meeting, DNR staff will review the results from CWD testing conducted during the 2019 deer season. Members of the Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team will also make preliminary recommendations for surveillance and management options in response to the detection of chronic wasting disease in western Eau Claire County. In 2019, three wild deer tested positive for CWD, bringing the total to six in Brunswick and Drammen townships since 2018.
The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team (CVCAT) is an ad-hoc advisory team made up of representatives of County Deer Advisory Councils for Eau Claire, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Trempealeau counties. The team was formed in response to the CWD positive wild deer that was discovered in Eau Claire County in March of 2018. The purpose of the team is to serve as an advisory body to the department regarding local CWD surveillance and management.
DNR staff will be in attendance to provide information about the results of local CWD testing efforts and CWD sampling options available during opening weekend of the gun deer season. A public comment period will allow time during the meeting for citizens who wish to provide comments to the advisory team.
For more information regarding CWD in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website here.