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landowners "Just Say NO!" to cwd deerkill

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  • iimpster
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 28, 2002
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      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
      property.

      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
      collect deer.

      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
      state."

      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

      Associated Press
      August 27, 2002

      Published: 10:12 AM 8/27/02

      http://www.madison.com/captimes/news/local/31207.php

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