Governor Scott Walker is calling for several changes in Wisconsin’s plan to combat chronic wasting disease, but the recommendations are leaving a couple of lawmakers who are working on the issue underwhelmed.
“I think they’re fine for what they are, but I don’t think they’re terribly different really from what’s already being done,” said Representative Mark Danou (D-Trempealeau). Last month, Danou and Representative Nick Milroy (D-South Range) forwarded a letter on CWD recommendations to Walker’s office.
The Republican governor is calling for a comprehensive study of deer population mechanics, a study on CWD’s effects on deer and quicker test results, along with wants more input from hunters and landowners and more frequent deer farm fence inspections.
“We need to have an intense cull of the deer herd in the highly infected areas,” Milroy said. “This will help reduce the prevalence rate in that area and also help slow the spread to other regions of the state.”