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Chronic wasting topic of committee hearingSubmitted: 12/19/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Democrats on the Assembly Natural Resources Committee want the DNR to do more to stop chronic wasting disease.

The brain disease kills deer.

DNR Wildlife Health Section Chief Tami Ryan told the committee Wednesday that the agency is now essentially monitoring the disease.

It's continuing to spread.

She told the committee the agency has no public support for the herd reduction strategy the DNR employed in the first years after the disease was discovered in Wisconsin.

Committee Democrats demanded the DNR take a tougher stand against the disease.

Representative Fred Clark, a Baraboo Democrat, said he's afraid the agency is ``fiddling while Rome burns.''

The committee wasn't expected to take any action.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)



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