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Chronic wasting disease in local deer population prompts new hunting regulation recommendations

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Deer hunters gearing up for the 2019 season may have a few new regulations to follow regarding the growing chronic wasting disease concerns in our area.

The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team met in Rock Falls Tuesday to discuss the 2019 deer hunting season.

To prevent CWD from spreading, the advisory team is recommending all adult deer killed during gun season be tested. They also recommend each harvested deer on gun opener weekend be registered in person with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These regulations would only be in effect within the six townships near where CWD has been found, southwestern Eau Claire County, southeastern Dunn County and northeastern Pepin County.

The CWD Advisory Team Chairman Dave Zielke said these regulations will help the DNR control the disease and keep the game safe to eat. “If it’s got CWD I’m not going to eat it. Nothing says that it has jumped to humans yet, but I don’t want to be the first one to show or prove that,” Zielke said.

Zielke said the Wisconsin DNR will review these recommendations and make a decision whether to implement them in a couple of weeks.

Justin Esterly

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