Wow! 326 positive cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin! I would say they are definitely "infected". I don't know what their policies are concerning it, or what actions they are taking to try to control its spread, but I'm sure that neighboring states are interested.
I know that Michigan is probably going to lift the ban on baiting that has been in place for three years since discovering 1 case of CWD in the summer of 2008. No further cases have turned up since, and the talk among wildlife experts is that the practice may be reinstated for the 2011 season. Public meetings and letters from many in the public sector definitely favor the idea of lifting the ban on baiting, which is thought to encourage the spread of the disease.
Michigan's policy on CWD is that if it is found in any of its own counties or the county of another state within 10 miles of Michigan's border, steps will be taken to try to control the disease. Wisconsin borders Michigan, but apparently none of the Dairy State's infected areas are that close to Michigan.
WOW ! That's a lot and seems to be mostly in the northern part of the state. The sad thing is that those numbers are only documented cases. Who knows how many just wondered off and died undetected. Sure hope they can find a preventative and soon.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...