Eau Claire (WQOW) – Chronic wasting disease continues to be a problem in Wisconsin and the DNR says data collection is vital. Now, an Eau Claire lawmaker is backing a bill to give businesses an incentive to help.
The bill calls for more than $200,000 in grants to be given to counties impacted by CWD or within 10 miles of a diseased deer, including Eau Claire.
The funds would be used to bring more deer carcass disposal dumpsters to CWD-affected areas.
It would also reimburse businesses willing to host a CWD testing kiosk. Hunters place the deer heads in the kiosk and find out if the carcass is diseased in a matter of days.
Senator Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) said the bill not only focuses on safety but also the financial benefits deer hunting brings to the state.
“Deer hunting is critical to the state of Wisconsin. It’s part of my heritage, it’s part of most people who grew up in Wisconsin,” Smith said. “We do not want to lose that and besides it being in my part of the state, our part of the state, it’s huge for tourists and dollars and for bringing in hunters from other states.”
A public hearing on the bill is still being scheduled. The DNR said it is always accepting requests to host a kiosk or dumpster.