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Governor calls for regulations to stop CWD spread, EC DNR official responds


Wisconsin (WQOW)- There's new numbers in the spread of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin deer. 

Six percent of deer tested in the last year were infected, and the governor wants new regulations to stop the spread. 

Chronic wasting disease attacks the deer's nervous system, and is fatal. 

Chronic wasting disease is also contagious to other deer, and the governor wants farmers to install better fencing and ban the movement of live deer from deer farms in CWD affected counties.

Scott Loomans, the policy initiative advisor, for the DNR said they are all for these regulations, and want to help stop the spread.

As we reported last month, a case was found in the town of Brunswick in Eau Claire County.

"As of May 1, baiting and feeding will be banned in Eau Claire County for 3 years, and in surrounding counties that are within 10 miles of where that deer was discovered, and detected, those counties will have baiting and feeding bans for two years," said Bill Hogseth a wildlife biologist in Eau Claire. 

Those surrounding counties that are affected are Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Trempealeau. 

Since March 31, of this year, already, 3 of the 50 deer the DNR has tested were infected. 

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