Bounties For Deer Kills To fight CWD Spread
Category: News Release
Apr 30th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 240
Modified Apr 30th, 2019 at 3:10 PM
MINOCQUA – A new plan calls for paying Wisconsin hunters a thousand dollars or more for killing a deer with chronic wasting disease.
Supporters believe the “bounty” system could slow the spread of the deadly illness. The proposal appears to have support in the state, but has others concerned about cost.
About 57 percent of voters at this spring’s Conservation Congress hearings backed the plan. It would give hunters between $750 and $1,250 dollars if they killed a deer found to have CWD after a test.
“Folks are getting very worried about what this disease can do to our Wisconsin deer hunting culture,” said Mike Foy, a retired DNR wildlife biologist. “If we don’t find some way to slow down or stop this disease, I think that the deer hunting economy is clearly at risk.”