Contact(s): Mark Rasmussen, DNR wildlife biologist; Phone: 608-685-6222; Email:Mark.Rasmussen@wisconsin.gov
May 21, 2020 at 2:17:21 pm
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress are hosting a public meeting May 27 regarding the status of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild deer in western Eau Claire County.
The meeting will be held by phone beginning 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. The call-in number is 1-855-947-8255, and the passcode is 7597-329#.
Members of the public are welcome to listen to the meeting but will not be able to comment during the call. Instead, the public can share their comments directly with members of the CWD Advisory Team or online during the June 1-14 public comment period.
Department of Natural Resources staff will review CWD testing results from the 2019 deer season. Members of the Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team will make preliminary recommendations for surveillance and management options in response to the detection of CWD in western Eau Claire County. In 2019, three wild deer tested positive for CWD, bringing the total positive cases to six in Brunswick and Drammen townships since 2018.
The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team 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 discovered in Eau Claire County in March of 2018. The team's purpose is to serve as an advisory body to the DNR regarding local CWD surveillance and management.
Listen in to learn more about the work Wisconsin DNR is doing to combat CWD in Wisconsin including details and preliminary results from the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer, and Predator Study on this past episode of the Wild Wisconsin - Off The Record podcast. For more information on CWD in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website here.