DNR backs groups' recommendations to grow deer herds, despite chronic wasting disease threat

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Advisory committees in nearly 10 counties want to grow or maintain their local deer herds even though chronic wasting disease has been found within their borders or nearby.

The Department of Natural Resources asked panels in every Wisconsin county for recommendations to increase, maintain or decrease the county's herd. The committees have submitted their recommendations to the DNR and the agency's board is set to vote on them Wednesday.

DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says in a memo to the board the agency endorses the recommendations but questions the rationale of the committees that want to build their herds in the face of CWD. Scientists say the best way to slow the disease's spread is thin the herd.

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