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Gov. Scott Walker calls for changes in wasting disease plan

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MADISON — Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling for a number of changes in Wisconsin’s plan to combat chronic wasting disease but they don’t include widespread killing of deer.

Walker’s office announced Friday in a news release that he wants a comprehensive study of deer population mechanics, a study on CWD’s effects on deer and quicker test results. He also wants more input from hunters and landowners and more frequent deer farm fence inspections.

The release offered no other specifics. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson had no immediate comment.

Democrats have been pushing Walker to step up efforts to contain the disease after infection rates hit a new high last year. They have called for the DNR to launch another attempt to aggressively kill deer to slow the disease’s spread.

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