This link didn't take me anywhere. Must be that it's broken or something.
If Wisconsin is seeking comments on Chronic Wasting Disease, it would be interesting to see what sort of comments they get. As far as I can tell from the reading and research that I have done, the experts are stymied as to what to do about it. They try to keep the animals from touching noses by making baiting illegal, but deer are notorious for touching noses as part of their normal social behavior anyway. They might try thinning the herd in the infected areas by increasing hunting tags as they have done in Michigan to try to get ahead of TB, but even that doesn't seem to work.
A recent study showed that at least some of the disease-causing agents are in the soil where infected animals have been, and the heavier the soil, the longer the agents remain. Just how long they remain is something of which I have no idea.
All in all, it seems like this is a disease that is here to stay for a long time. Maybe that's why Wisconsin, with 326 confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease is asking for
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