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“Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt” Legislative Package Introduced

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 -- 12:38 PM


Today, Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) and Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) introduced the “Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt” legislative package to help reduce and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Wisconsin.

CWD is an always fatal, contagious neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an abnormal protein called a prion, which can cause brain degeneration in infected animals and lead to extreme weight loss, abnormal behavior, and loss of bodily functions. Because CWD prions are highly resilient and can stay in the soil for a long time, it is important to contain their spread.

The legislative package includes bills to provide funding for CWD research and management, funding for CWD testing kiosks, and funding for carcass disposal sites and dumpsters.

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