Gov. Walker plans to unveil more plans to fight chronic wasting disease
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker says his administration plans to develop new chronic wasting disease tactics.
Test results last year show 9.4 percent of 3,133 deer were infected, the highest prevalence rate since the ailment was detected in Wisconsin in 2002.
The DNR initially called for thinning the herd as much as possible to stop the disease’s spread but hunters never bought in. The agency has since adopted a new plan that focuses on monitoring. Walker’s staff met with Democratic legislators last week to listen to their ideas, including culling herds around new infection sites and adopting Illinois’ herd reduction plan.
Walker told reporters during a question-and-answer session Monday that the state must do more. He said within the next month his administration will come out with new proposals. He didn’t elaborate.