The Department of Natural Resources will spend $5 million on a now-rented space in Madison and will consolidate operations to test deer for chronic wasting disease. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) degenerates deers’ brains and causes significant weight loss. This terminal disease has affected deer in Wisconsin for over a decade, and although effected populations have shifted, there has not been a substantial increase in recent years. The new facility will make testing more efficient without increasing the DNR’s operating budget. The DNR hopes that increased efficiency will lead to improved control over the disease.
Only deceased deer can be tested for the disease, so testing facilities are exclusively open during hunting season. All hunters are encouraged to test their deer in order to maintain a healthy deer population in the state. For more information head over to knowCWD.com.
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