We request Governor Evers act to:
1). Depopulate and secure CWD positive deer farms. Wisconsin currently has 10 CWD-positive captive deer herds whose continued operation poses an infection risk to surrounding wild herds. DATCP should act to depopulate these herds and ensure that these facilities do not pose a future infection risk to the wild deer herd.
2). Midwest States CWD cooperative agreement. CWD is now present in all our neighboring states (MN, MI, IL, IA, MO, IN). Governor Evers should lead action by the Midwest Governor’s Association to develop a multi-state agreement that will maximize cooperation across state lines on research, education, data-sharing, and regulatory frameworks.
3). Timely & transparent reporting. Wisconsin’s citizens deserve full and easy access to CWD testing results. Currently, DNR tracking of CWD surveillance in wild deer and DATCP tracking of CWD surveillance in captive facilities are not comparable. Governor Evers should direct DNR & DATCP to develop a common internet platform that provides comparable, comprehensive and up-to-date CWD testing results by county.
4). Agency Coordination. DNR has developed a 15-year CWD Response Plan, but similar documents haven’t been developed by DATCP, DHS or the State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Wisconsin needs a single, comprehensive CWD Response Plan that all agencies are working together to implement. Governor Evers should direct the leadership at all agencies to jointly develop such a plan no later than July 1, 2020.
5). Governor’s Council on CWD. Governor Evers should appoint a standing Council on CWD to ensure that Wisconsin’s disease response is guided by the best available science and monitor state agency performance to ensure timely, cooperative and coordinated action.
6). New CWD Foci Containment. CWD surveillance has detected several small disease foci that should receive immediate and continued attention to prevent these infections from growing. Governor Evers should direct DNR to work intensively with affected County Deer Advisory Councils, local conservation groups and impacted landowners to use all available tools to contain newly detected CWD infections. This should include landowner permits to remove extra deer within these identified areas, as well as, offering incentives to increase participation.