Wisconsin DNR May Purchase Hall Farm

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The state of Wisconsin may purchase the Hall farm, the site of Wisconsin's first discovery of CWD, in order to assure no wild game enter the property. The farm was effectively shut down in 2006, but the property is currently up for sale. According to WQOW.com, the site would not be used for any type of recreation and would be under strict regulation.

Nature based outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, trapping, cross country skiing and hiking would be prohibited as part of the purchase approval. The primary purpose for this purchase is to create a permanent enclosure so that no wild deer may enter the property by any means and to ensure that no soil or sediments are removed from the property and transported to other locations unless authorized by the department, according to DNR officials. Additionally, DNR hopes to use the property to conduct research.


CWD did not get its start on

CWD did not get its start on that game farm, CWD was actually 1st discovered south/central wis. in the wild deer herd prior to them finding it there. While I'm not a big fan of game farms, I wouldn't blame them solely for the spread of CWD.

hunter25's picture

I can see the point of using

I can see the point of using the farm for possible research. Of course that would probably mean more captive deer to be the test subjects. Other than that it's pretty hard to quarantine an area to prevent the spread of a disease when the disease is already spread and moved on.

I think it will be a long long time before they get this one really figured out.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, that's another way to

Well, that's another way to tackle the problem, I guess.

Yeah Jaybe, as you said, that is where the problem really is, the farms.  But, you can't really fault the people for wanting to "earn a buck".  Heck, we're capitalists, remember?

I do find it interesting that these "prions" can last for years in the soil.  Goes along with alot of Flounder's posts.

They just need to make sure that farmers keep a close eye on their animals, have some periodic testing, and maybe institute some other controls that will inhibit the spread of the Chronic Wasting Disease.

We'll have to keep an eye on this and see if other states try to follow Wisconsin's lead.

jaybe's picture

Wow - this is an interesting

Wow - this is an interesting idea that just might turn out to be a good one. Once again, this article reveals the fact that Chronic Wasting Disease got its start in Wisconsin in a privately owned deer "farm". IMO wild animals were never intended to be "farmed". They are wild, and when you try to treat them like other domesticated animals, you're asking for trouble.

I suppose it could be argued that all animals were at one time wild, but it seems to be clear that at least at this time in history, there are certain ones that do well in close proximity with each other, and some that do not. We need to recognize that and "go with the flow".

When you stop and think about it, the only reason we have deer farms, deer ranches and so forth is so that man can make a buck by selling hunts to other men. Perhaps it's time for states to realize that this is not a healthy situation and put an end to deer farms altogether. Let the real hunters continue to pursue their quarry under completely fair chase conditions, and let the lazy ones sit at home and watch football.

I'm glad to hear that Wisconsin is going to utilize this farm as a research site to try to learn more about this disease. At least it won't just be sitting there as a monument to man's greed.