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Department of Natural Resources' Chronic Wasting Plan Delayed
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 -- 9:10 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director


Wisconsin hunters and conservationists will have to wait a few more months to see final updates to the state Department of Natural Resources' long-term chronic wasting disease plan.

DNR big game officials have been working for more than a year on updates to the plan. They had planned to present the plan to the agency's board in December. But DNR Big Game Chief Bob Nack said Tuesday the agency won't present the plan until February. He says leadership changes at DNR and the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection have caused delays. Gov. Scott Walker appointed former state Rep. Dan Meyer to replace Cathy Stepp as DNR secretary in late September and former state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf to replace Ben Brancel as DATCP secretary in November.

Nack says the DNR has been implementing facets of the plan, which calls for informing people about deer carcass transportation restrictions, improving public understanding of the disease and informing meat processors and taxidermists about proper carcass disposal.


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