Governor Walker Announces Aggressive Actions to Combat the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced new aggressive initiatives for combating chronic wasting disease (CWD) affecting Wisconsin deer populations.
“We need to protect Wisconsin’s hunting traditions and long-standing heritage by working together to contain the spread of chronic wasting disease in deer,” said Governor Walker. “Wisconsin put together a comprehensive plan years ago that implemented new testing procedures to identify and root out CWD while committing to new steps to combat CWD. Today, we will move forward on implementing new rules that will place us among the leaders in the nation’s fight against CWD.”
Governor Walker’s three-step plan creates a balanced approach to combat chronic wasting disease:
- Requiring enhanced deer farm fencing through a new DATCP rule. Currently, farms are required to have an eight-foot fence. Enhanced fencing would require either: a second eight-foot-high fence, an electric fence, or an impermeable physical barrier to meet the emergency rule’s requirements.
- Controlling the movement of potentially infected deer through the creation of a new DATCP rule banning the movement of live deer from deer farms in CWD-affected counties.
- Preventing contamination from hunted deer carrying CWD by tasking the DNR to create emergency and permanent rules banning the movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties. Under the rule, Hunters can still quarter the deer within the county it was harvested and then take the meat anywhere in the state, but no portion of the spinal cord may be attached or moved. A hunter who harvests a deer in a CWD-affected county may only move a whole carcass outside of the county if the carcass is delivered to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor.
Taking these steps ensures that both sportsmen and deer farmers are a part of the process of slowing the spread of CWD.
“As an outdoor enthusiast, I want to personally thank the Governor for these additional tools that we can use to combat the spread of CWD,” said DNR Secretary Dan Meyer. “We will begin immediately to establish a rule that will further restrict the movement of deer carcasses from CWD affected counties while still keeping it practical for traveling hunters to bring their game home.”
This approach complements past efforts by the DNR to combat CWD. In 2017, the DNR had 47 deer kiosks in the state for hunters to check their deer for CWD, conducting over 2,500 tests, which were a valuable resource for hunters.
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The FORWARD Endowment, the Manitowoc charitable trust established to fund projects focused on hunting, fishing, conservation and related education, has announced that it will begin accepting requests for its 2017 funding cycle which began immediately. FORWARD stands for Friends Of Resources, Wildlife And Recreational Development. If was founded 22 years ago by The Manitowoc Unit of Manitowoc County Fish & Game. It is now supported by a combination of funding from area sporting clubs and private donations. Manitowoc County Fish and Game has been a major supporter of the fund and provides a percentage of their Annual Banquet proceeds each year.
The FORWARD Endowment will accept applications for grants through December 29th, 2017. The actual selection of grants will be made at the Gift Committee’s meeting in February of 2018. The date will allow the Gift Committee to have accurate information on the funds available from the trust, which is managed by Associated Bank.
Leede Research will again be coordinating the gifting process and aiding in filling grant request materials. There is a simple application form that asks for details of the requests and background information on the organization and how the project will benefit the general public. Both hard projects and related education programs are eligible for grants. It should be noted that projects must have public benefit and tie to hunting, fishing and conservation. Call Leede at 683-5940 or email email@example.com for an application. Applications are also available a www.mantyfg.org, the county organization website.
The FORWARD Endowment has provided over $110,000 in grants awarded to projects and groups in Manitowoc County. These represent completed projects in the community. Those interested in making donations can make checks payable to The FORWARD Endowment c/o Associated Bank. Only interest incomes from the fund are spent so that the fund will continue to grow and be there for future generations. Estate planning gifts are also available. Those making end of the year charitable donations are invited to consider the fund.
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