What is being done about CWD?
Wisconsin offers free CWD testing of white-tailed deer at locations throughout the management zone. (Link to maps of SE and South-Central locations; and pdf list of All Locations)
Beginning on September 1, 2009 Wisconsin restricted the movement of both whole wild-deer carcasses and certain parts of those carcasses from the CWD Management Zone to elsewhere in the state.
Due to a rule change in 2011, however, Wisconsin hunters are allowed to take whole carcasses or parts of carcasses of any cervid (including lymphoid, brain, and spinal tissue) harvested in any state or province where CWD has been found or within the WI CWD Management Zone into any part of Wisconsin provided the carcass or nonexempt parts are taken to a licensed taxidermist or meat processor within 72 hours of registration of a Wisconsin deer or within 72 hours of entering Wisconsin from another state.
The approach for managing CWD in wild populations is to reduce the density of animals in the infected area to slow the transmission of the disease.
When CWD is detected in a captive cervid facility, generally that facility is quarantined and all captive cervids in that facility are killed.
In Wisconsin, white-tailed deer farming is regulated and licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
However the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for regulating while-tailed deer farm fencing. Before you can register your farm with DATCP you must have your fence inspected and receive a deer farm fence certificate from the DNR. For more information please view the white-tailed deer farm documents.
Hunters are encouraged to dispose of deer carcasses, including all bones and other waste from butchering, in a way that protects uninfected deer from exposure. Exposure to an area where a CWD-positive carcass has decomposed could be enough to cause infection in deer.
Baiting and feeding for deer are banned in counties at highest risk for disease transmission. Standards for baiting and feeding of deer outside these banned areas can be found here: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/bait.htm
- The preferred option is disposal in a landfill that accepts deer waste.
- A second option is to bury the carcass deep enough to prevent scavengers from digging it up.
- As a third option, the DNR provides dumpsters in which hunters can dispose of their carcass waste.
- As a last resort, hunters can put the waste back on the landscape as close to where the deer was harvested as possible.