Posted Saturday, October 18, 2008 --- 8:10 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --- Wisconsin's top wildlife official is urging hunters to refrain from baiting and feeding deer this fall.
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Matt Frank says there are some new health concerns that make it important to reduce the risks of spreading disease in the whitetail herd.
Franks says tuberculosis has been identified in the Minnesota deer herd and chronic wasting disease was recently discovered in Michigan deer.
Critics say baiting and feeding cause unnatural concentrations of deer and increases the risk of disease infection and spread.
Baiting and feeding increased in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The practice is banned in southern counties where deer have been found with chronic wasting disease.
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