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Monday, January 29 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
SYMPOSIA-03: CWD Management and Response in Wisconsin: Lessons Learned and New Beginnings

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AUTHORS. Tami Ryan, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began monitoring the state's wild white tailed deer for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in 1999. The first positives were found in 2002 through testing of hunter harvested deer in November 2001. An extensive CWD surveillance program has been conducted in Wisconsin since then. The department conducts annual monitoring in both the endemic area of southern Wisconsin as well as new areas of the state to understand CWD distribution and prevalence. Statewide disease detection surveillance efforts took place in 2002-2003 and 2005-2008. In recent years much of the statewide detection surveillance has transitioned to more efficient and cost-effective methods for disease detection. Of Wisconsin's 72 counties there are currently 43 CWD affected counties. Of these counties 19 are designated as such due to having a wild CWD positive deer. Over 200,000 deer have been sampled and over 3500 have tested positive since 2002. The department developed a Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan to be used from 2010 through 2025. The department developed the plan recognizing its public trust responsibility for managing wildlife and ensuring the health of wildlife populations in the state. The first five years of the plan was reviewed by the CWD Response Plan Review Committee over the winter of 2016. The DNR, Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection formed a stakeholder-based CWD Response Plan Review Committee to review the plan and provide recommendations for the future. The CWD Response Plan Review Committee met four times between October 2016 and February 2017 to review and discuss the 2010-2025 CWD Response Plan. The final recommendations from the committee are guiding the department’s approach to addressing CWD in Wisconsin.

Monday January 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm CST