Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

No Northwoods CWD-positive tests yet among wild deer; county meetings to consider changing policiesSubmitted: 01/11/2017
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

No Northwoods CWD-positive tests yet among wild deer; county meetings to consider changing policies
RHINELANDER - Until one year ago, the Northwoods avoided the deadly deer illness called chronic wasting disease.

But a positive CWD test on a Three Lakes game farm distressed many hunters, scientists, and wildlife watchers in the area.

This fall and winter, the DNR hoped to prove no wild deer were infected with the disease. It asked hunters to submit the heads of deer shot in areas near the game farm. It then tested those heads for CWD.

"Of all of the ones that we've tested, so far we haven't had a single positive in the wild," said DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz. "Hopefully, that continues. I expect it will continue and we'll get some good news."


DNR wildlife biologists still want to sample more deer near the Three Lakes farm.

The positive test in 2015 triggered a ban on baiting and feeding deer in Oneida, Forest, and Vilas counties, which started in January 2016.

"The concept of a baiting and feeding ban in areas where CWD has been detected is to take every step to reduce the spread of the disease," Holtz said.

This month, county deer advisory committees across Wisconsin may consider expanding the ban statewide. They could also consider letting bans expire in certain areas.

Right now, a positive test sets off a ban in nearby counties under the state's seven-year-old CWD management plan.

"It's not arbitrary. It's designed from the chronic wasting disease response plan that the state has. That was written to be a living document," Holtz said.

That plan is up for review this month, with public input from county deer advisory committees.

Local meetings may consider recommending additional hunting seasons in CWD-positive areas, but those proposals may not gain much support.

"The overwhelming response--from hunters, from chambers of commerce, from snowmobile groups--is that they wanted to keep hunting seasons the way they were," Holtz said. "They liked them the way they were."

Those meetings are open to the public. You can find your county's meeting by clicking the link below.

Related Weblinks:
County Deer Advisory Committee meetings

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

RHINELANDER -
A man fell through the ice while on his snowmobile Saturday in Rhinelander according to the Pine Lake Fire department.

The fire department responded to a report of a man laying on the ice near open water around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The department says the man fell through the ice near the bridge on Cty W near Birchwood Dr. 

+ Read More

RHINEALNDER - The warm temperatures last winter stopped some families from learning how to ski at a clinic in Rhinelander. However, this year a coach and his family couldn't have asked for a better weekend for the programs return.
Michael Bellile was all smiles this weekend. However, that wasn't the case this time last year with his ski class.
"We signed up for it last year too, so we were all disappointed when it got cancelled for the weather," said Bellile's sister Heather.
Low temperatures stopped dozens of families from learning, bonding and skiing together.
"We have perfect conditions this year we just had a fresh snowfall it's was freshly groomed last night," said Bellile. 

+ Read More

WISCONSIN - A 46-year-old Manitowoc man that was reported missing Thursday evening was found in northern Wisconsin on Saturday.

Manitowoc Police said David L. Mellstrom had not been seen in Manitowoc since Feb. 22 around 10 p.m. Police said they had information he was in the Eagle River area yesterday.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Rhinelander students got to see their former prom dresses sparkle for a second time.
Rhinelander High School's FBLA/DECA hosted its second Prom Expo at the Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie.
The expo held a fashion show of new prom dresses available this season.

However, used dresses made their way down the runway too.
"I knew that I wasn't going to wear it again. I'd rather have someone else get to wear it this year rather than it just sitting in my closet," said Rhinelander High School senior Carly Seidl
The store started collecting resale dresses at the beginning of February.
The $5 fee to submit a used dress went to the FBLA/DECA group.
The owner of the dress keeps the profit when it's sold.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - A clothing drive in Rhinelander helped nearly 1,000 families stay warm this season.
Warm for Winter gave families the chance to shop every last Saturday of the month since September.
This was the first time Samantha Coleman stopped by Warm for Winter.
She said she's heard about it for the last five years, but went this weekend because her kids are growing out of their clothes too quickly.

"It's really awesome that they do think of other people and their communities, because that's what makes a family. [It's] the community at the end of the day," said Coleman.
The clothing drive had clothes and toys for all ages.

+ Read More

MADISON (AP) - Northern Wisconsin businesses that are having trouble finding employees are hoping to lure retirees to work or keep people nearing retirement on the job longer.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that economic development experts say low unemployment rates, a lack of new workers and a growing number of people on the cusp of retirement have created a major demand for workers.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - People came together in Woodruff on Saturday to raise money for a good cause. This was the fifth year for the Carrol Lake Ice Fishing Tournament.

In total about 175 people entered into the tournament. People could win prizes and could help themselves to some food throughout the day.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here