Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 --- 6:55 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State wildlife officials are set to brief the Natural Resources Board on chronic wasting disease in northwestern Wisconsin this week.
The Department of Natural Resources has been working for years to contain the deadly deer brain disease to south-central Wisconsin. But the agency announced earlier this month that a doe found near Shell Lake last fall was infected, indicating CWD has somehow jumped hundreds of miles.
DNR officials want to collect at least 300 samples of deer tissue within a 10-mile radius of the doe's location in hopes of determining how widespread the disease may be in the area. The agency also plans to prohibit baiting and feeding within the same 10-mile radius.
DNR staff plan to fill the board in on the details during a meeting Wednesday in Madison.
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