According to Ross Mason, DNR Wildlife Division Chief, baiting is likely to become legal again after a three-year moratorium since CWD was discovered in a Kent County deer in 2008.
After three years of testing, including 33,000 deer and 1,500 elk, no evidence of CWD has been found in any of the animals.
Ross said that while he was personally opposed to baiting from a biological perspective, it is the Natural Resource Commission that makes the decision, not the DNR. 5 of the 7 members on the NRC are sympathetic to baiting.
Ross believes that the discussion to reinstitute baiting as a legal practice in the Lower will come up at the March 10 meeting of the NRC.