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Wisconsin and Illinois agree to mutual CWD goals

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin and Illinois have reached agreement on guidelines for cooperative management of chronic wasting disease (CWD), the fatal neurological disease of deer that has been confirmed in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois counties.

Whitetail deer don't recognize state lines, so the states are working together to control CWD spread to healthy deer.

The agreement, known as a memorandum of understanding, identifies mutual goals for managing CWD. Wisconsin and Illinois also will develop a cooperative plan they hope will lead to a more effective and ultimately successful management program.

Wildlife biologists and wildlife health experts from Illinois and Wisconsin DNRs have been sharing experiences for many years. Both states have identified reducing deer densities and limiting geographic spread of the disease through herd reduction strategies as important goals. Cross-border research opportunities will be explored and the states plan to share common public messages relative to outreach and education about CWD.

Staff is authorized to assist the other state's staff when needed in CWD control activities when expected results are considered mutually beneficial. Data sharing in particular will be helpful to identifying the most effective management strategies. For more information contact Davin Lopez at (608)267-4928.

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