Why should people outside the CWD Management Zone care about the disease?
CWD is a statewide issue, not just a southern Wisconsin issue, for the following reasons:
- Without appropriate management where CWD has been detected, the disease will spread to other areas of the state.
- Based on current knowledge of the disease, including information from western states where CWD likely has been for a longer period of time, CWD poses a significant threat to the long term health of Wisconsin’s deer herd.
- Projections based on current WI CWD data suggest that CWD will ultimately reduce the number of deer available each year for hunter-harvest.
- A healthy deer herd is important for hunting traditions. Wisconsin has more than 700,000 deer hunters who have harvested an average of over 400,000 deer annually during the past decade.
- Deer hunting contributes more than 7 million days of recreation every year.
- Deer hunting annually generates more than $500 million dollars in retail sales and over $1 billion in total impact on the state’s economy. A healthy deer herd is critical to the state's economy.