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For information on the Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, contact:
Mark Rasmussen
Wildlife biologist

Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team

A meeting for the Chippewa Valley CWD advisory team

Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team meeting in
Altoona, WI in June 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. This team is being 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.

Voluntary Sampling Focus Area

The DNR strongly encourages hunters to have any adult deer harvested within these 5 townships tested for CWD this fall. If your deer sample (both bucks and does) is found positive, hunters will receive an additional harvest authorization. DNR staff will be conducting some in-person sampling on the opening weekend of gun deer season at the following locations in the five-township area:

  • Pleasant Valley Town Hall, County Hwy. W, Eleva, WI 54738
  • Welcome Matt Bar, W3530 State Rd. 37, Eau Claire, WI 54701
  • Rock Creek Town Hall, N995 County Rd. H, Mondovi, WI 54755

The CVCAT will seek to meet the following objectives:

  • Gather and consider public opinion regarding CWD and options for surveillance and management.
  • Review and consider the best available peer reviewed information on CWD.
  • Provide the Department with recommendations regarding local surveillance areas, surveillance methods and management options.

The team is made up of seven members with two representatives from Eau Claire County and one representative from the remaining five counties. Representatives are selected by their respective CDAC membership. In addition to the seven standing members, each county has one alternate member. The committee is chaired by one of the two selected members from Eau Claire County and the vice-chair is elected by the team.


In March 2018, department staff collected tissue samples from a two-year-old doe in response to a sick deer call from a landowner in Eau Claire County in Brunswick township. This CWD positive animal is the first confirmed wild deer to test positive for the disease in Eau Claire County.

As required by law, the finding renewed Eau Claire County’s existing three-year baiting and feeding ban. Because this CWD-positive result is located within 10 miles of Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Trempealeau counties, these counties will now be designated as CWD-affected counties. Additionally, two-year baiting and feeding bans for these five counties have been enacted.

Advisory team members

  • Chair: Dave Zielke, Eau Claire
  • Alternate Chair: Al Brown, Chippewa County
  • Member: Bill Perrotti, Eau Claire County
  • Member: Mark Noll, Buffalo County
  • Member: Bob Thoma, Trempealeau County
  • Member: Rick Wayne, Pepin County
  • Member: Al Marotz, Dunn County

Visit the CDAC search page for contact information for the advisory team members.

Meeting information

July 16th 2019

June 19th 2019

February 27th 2019

August 20 2018

June 18 2018

May 22 2018

Other resources

Contact information
For information on the Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team, contact:
Mark Rasmussen
Wildlife biologist
Last revised: Wednesday October 02 2019