landowners "Just Say NO!" to cwd deerkill
- Landowners in more than a quarter of a special zone where Wisconsin
officials hope to eliminate the deer herd and chronic wasting disease
have refused to kill deer or let government sharpshooters on their
Owners of more than 63,000 acres in the eradication zone near Mount
Horeb signed petitions against participating in the Department of
Natural Resources' plan to kill all the deer in the area, organizers
of the petition campaign told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as
reported in today's editions.
"This is needless killing of deer," said John Barnes, a Mount Vernon
veterinarian and landowner.
The DNR has asked the landowners in a 374-square-mile area of
southern Wisconsin to kill the deer on their land and bring in the
carcasses for testing.
DNR wildlife biologist Bill Vander Zouwen said containing the fatal
brain disease will be difficult without their help.
The DNR has scheduled four special weeklong summer hunts in its
effort to kill all the deer in the eradication zone. The state issued
about 1,100 special permits for the hunts, and an additional 300
landowners are allowing government shooters on their property to
So far, chronic wasting disease was found in 24 deer in Wisconsin.
The disease, which causes deer to waste away and die, has no cure.
David Mandell, a member of Citizens Against Irrational Deer
Slaughter, which opposes the DNR plan, said more testing is needed to
determine whether chronic wasting disease has infected deer elsewhere
in the state.
"Nobody is advocating doing nothing," Mandell said. "We just don't
think the radical approach they're doing at this time is appropriate
with the limited information we have on the extent of disease in the
Citizens Against Irrational Deer Slaughter and another group have
circulated the petitions.
Dick Sonnenberg, who lives on 80 acres in rural Black Earth, has
participated in each hunt this summer.
"It's common sense to get rid of the diseased animals and the other
animals who could spread the disease," Sonnenberg said.
Landowners say no to killing deer
Quarter of CWD special zone affected
August 27, 2002
Published: 10:12 AM 8/27/02