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State wildlife officials will again be sampling deer for CWD September 11, 2012 Wisconsin

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State wildlife officials will again be sampling deer for CWD September 11, 2012 Wisconsin, WDNR
Wisconsin wildlife officials will again be gathering samples from hunter-harvested deer to test for chronic wasting disease in southern and central Wisconsin and in areas around where a deer tested positive for the disease last year in Washburn County in northwestern Wisconsin. “Our overall goal is to detect trends in prevalence and distribution of the disease.” said Brian Glenzinski, a wildlife health specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources... 
Active surveillance within the CWD – Management Zone relies on hunters voluntarily submitting samples and will be conducted in western Racine and Kenosha, eastern Walworth, western Sauk counties, and all of Richland County. Hunters should check dnr.wi.gov, key word “CWD” for sampling locations. As in years past,veterinary clinics are offering CWD testing services for a fee.
This year DNR will continue to implement new strategies aimed at detecting changes in the location and trends in prevalence of the disease, Glenzinski said. Additionally, DNR will continue a pilot program that began last year to focus surveillance on adult deer along the outer fringe of the CWD-MZ. If CWD is in an area, adult deer are the ones most likely to have it. Taxidermists will be used to provide testing in three areas: Grant, Juneau/Adams, and Dodge counties. More information and a link to a map of the 2012 sampling area is available by searching the DNR website for “CWD prevalence.”



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