Wisconsin CWD Case Promises Far-Reaching Bait Bans

You remember the fuss kicked up in Michigan a couple years ago when a single CWD-positive deer on a Kent-County hunting preserve triggered a bait ban for the entire Lower Peninsula. Now a buck taken at Wisconsin's game farm, which tested positive for the disease in preliminary tests and may be the first CWD case found in the northern part of the Badger State, could prompt bait bans not only in two additional Wisconsin counties but also Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

From the Green Bay Press Gazette:
If the ["gold-standard"] Iowa test comes back positive this week -- and barring a rule change by Governor-elect Scott Walker's administration -- baiting and feeding would be banned next year in Bayfield and Ashland counties. Current CWD feeding ban rules include the county where a captive or wild whitetail tests positive and any portion of counties within a 10-mile radius of the diseased deer.

A positive test also could force a controversial decision by Michigan officials. Michigan's CWD Response Plan states that if CWD is found within 50 miles of its border, Michigan would ban baiting and feeding in the adjoining peninsula. The Ashland facility is within that range of the U.P.

--Dave Hurtea