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Introduction and General Information

  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began to specifically monitor the stateís wild white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus - White-tailed deer) herd for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in 1999 (prior to that time passive monitoring of clinical suspects by histopathological examination was carried out (V.w50)). On February 28, 2002, the first cases of CWD were reported for three deer in south-central Wisconsin. Intensive statewide surveillance ensued during the remainder of 2002 and early 2003. Results from this surveillance detected more than 200 deer infected with CWD, but all of these diseased deer were from near the original south-central area.
  • The current CWD management strategy of the Wisconsin DNR calls for the reduction of deer populations in those areas where CWD is detected. Herd reduction should decrease the transmission rate of CWD resulting in the decline and possibly eventual eradication of the disease. Hunter and landowner cooperation is essential for this management strategy to be effective. CWD surveillance in Wisconsin's deer herd will continue to support management and research efforts, and ultimately gain a greater understanding of the disease.
  • An important document was published in 2003 - the Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed rule orders WM-05-03 and WM-09-03 authorizing control efforts to eliminate Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) where it exists in the state and protect the rest of Wisconsinís statewide deer herd from CWD. This document has been incorporated into the Wildpro Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer and Elk Volume in its entirety as it serves to explain the concepts behind a very specific management plan, and serves as Case Study for the management of CWD.

Click image above to access Environmental Impact Statement as ADOBE files. The release version of the CWD Wildpro Volume will also contain this Document as .html files within the Electronic Encyclopaedia.
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Authors & Referees

Authors Authors of document listed as: Gerald Bartelt, James Pardee, Kurt Thiede see document for contact details.
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