Madison, Wis. With the opening of the traditional nine-day gun deer hunting season in Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 23, the state’s top wildlife officials say preparations for the most intensive wildlife health testing effort in the state’s history are “mo

Tom Hauge, director of wildlife management for the Wisconsin
DNR, says the state is ready to test up to 50,000 deer as part of
an effort to determine where chronic wasting disease is present in
the state.

Hauge said the success of the effort will depend on how readily
hunters voluntarily submit their deer for testing. Wildlife
staffers and hundreds of volunteers will work registration and
collection stations in every county of the state. The fatal brain
disease has been found in 40 wild deer tested in the south-central
portion of the state.

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