A state lawmaker says efforts to fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin have been a "complete and utter failure." That's according to State Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), after the release of a state audit of efforts to fight CWD. The report shows the state spent over $32 million fighting the deer killing disease in the past five years, with limited results.
Schultz called for the audit to be done. He says the results show a new approach is needed to fight CWD. Schultz suggests the state scale back the new rules and regulations put in place to fight the disease, because complicated rules are prompting many hunters to stay home when deer season rolls around.
The audit confirms previous statements from the DNR admitting their efforts have fallen short. Spokesman Greg Matthews says its been a constant challenge. Matthews says several strategies have been tried, but clearly aren't working. Schultz says he's hopeful the audit will lead to real changes down the road.
WIBA's John Colbert contributed to this report