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Midwest Meeting Yields No New Approaches to CWD

Midwest Meeting Yields No New Approaches to CWD

Created: July 25, 2019 04:40 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wildlife experts from around the Midwest concluded a two-day chronic wasting disease conference in Wisconsin without coming up with any new approaches to slow the ailment.

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The conference in Madison included state officials from North Dakota and South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole told reporters on Wednesday the gathering was "unprecedented."

But the attendees didn't come up with any new tactics. They finished the conference Thursday afternoon by laying out a host of potential research priorities, including dispersal paths, how to persuade hunters to comply with chronic wasting disease regulations and the role of insects and spiders in spreading the disease.

They also discussed sharing disease management plans between the states but were unsure how to best accomplish that goal.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of deer and causes the animals to grow thin, act abnormally and eventually die. The disease threatens the deer hunting industry throughout the Midwest.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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