State officials are looking for new ways to fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin's deer herd. A report from the Department of Natural Resources this week shows current efforts to reduce CWD are not working. Wildlife program director Tom Hauge says a new approach may be needed, and the state should start considering the next phase of its plan.
Wisconsin has spent nearly $27 million fighting CWD, since it first appeared in the state back in 2002. Despite concerns about its continued presence here, Hauge says the state has come a long way since then and there have been some positive results. He says the state stands out now as knowing the most about the disease and the regions where it's located.
The DNR plans to reform its strategy for fighting CWD in the coming year. Hauge says they'll be looking to the public for direction on how to continue the fight.