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Dane County Board Acts While State Fumbles on CWD

May 17, 2002 Dane County, WI Supervisor Brett Hulsey News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brett Hulsey, 608-334-4994 Friday, May 17th

Dane County Leads While Wisconsin Lags on Controlling CWD From Game Farms� Meanwhile McCallum Ignores the Record During Testimony.

Madison, WI - The Dane County Board last night led the state and nation by passing measures to require testing of dead elk and deer from game farms for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), banned feeding, and set up a CWD Task Force to involve citizens in the disease control plan.

"We thank the Dane County Board for unanimously moving forward to control this tragic disease. It makes sense to test dead game farm animals to make sure the disease does not spread on these farms," said Dane County Supervisor Brett Hulsey. "Otherwise we can kill a lot of healthy wild deer and not control the spread of this tragic disease."

Supervisor Paul Rusk also offered a measure to extend the feeding ban to the whole county that was adopted. Supervisors John Hendrick and Kyle Richmond spoke for the measure. They also responded to Governor McCallum's comments in Congress on Thursday.

"Governor McCallum apparently did not read the state records I gave his staff on Tuesday that show a pattern of underfunding and neglect of the State Department of Agriculture on CWD," said Hulsey.

A May 27, 1998 memo to Bob Susen of West Bend from a DATCP veterinarian said the "The State of Colorado recently informed our office that a herd (Elk Echo Ranch, Stoneham, CO) from which you imported elk was identified as a source herd for an elk diagnosed with "Chronic Wasting Disease" (CWD) in Nebraska. The state of Wisconsin currently has no rules covering CWD and is taking no action at this time. No restrictions are being placed on your herd." Emphasis added. CO State veterinarian Wayne Cunningham called Elk Echo Ranch the center of CWD.

"The so called CWD 'hot spot' in southern Wisconsin may be one of many throughout Wisconsin, and the DNR needs to immediately begin testing at least one thousand deer from other parts of the state," said John Stauber, co-author of the book "Mad Cow USA." "CWD is a very invisible disease and to date the statewide testing is completely inadequate. We can't wait until Fall deer season, we must do this now."

Chronic Wasting Disease is similar to Mad Cow disease and came from elk and deer in Colorado that were contaminated at a research facility. Wisconsin is the first state east of the Mississippi River to report an outbreak.

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Dane County, WI Supervisor Brett Hulsey Protecting our families, our environment, and our future.

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