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DNR hosts meeting about CWDSubmitted: 02/22/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

DNR hosts meeting about CWD
THE NORTHWOODS - A positive CWD test led to baiting and feeding bans starting in Lincoln and Langlade Counties and extending in Oneida, this month.

Hunters don't have a say, but the DNR took the first step to help the community understand the current CWD landscape. It hosted a meeting at Tomahawk high school on Wednesday.

About 50 people attended the meeting.

DNR wildlife biologist Janet Brehm gave a presentation. She said people were upset about the ban. Brehm emphasized that the ban was not put in place by the DNR, it's a part of Wisconsin state law. 


"There's going to be people that are upset, in fact, I'm upset. This is something I didn't want in my job title. I didn't want to deal with CWD. This is my reality and I'm learning about it too," said Brehm.

County Deer Advisory Council member for Lincoln County Joe Ryder said the meeting had a theme of "togetherness."

The goal was to come up with a 3-county strategy to fight CWD.

"It's a shock to the biologists and it's a shock to the hunting public and it's a shock to anyone that likes deer. The idea that I took away from the meeting, that we are all going to work together is encouraging," said Ryder.

Ryder said the meeting stressed the importance of increased deer testing.

"Without that testing, without that knowledge none of us are going to know exactly what's going on in Lincoln County in terms of combating the CWD outbreak," said Ryder.

The CWD positive deer was found close to the Lincoln-Oneida County line in the town of Harrison last month. 

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