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Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team

A meeting for the Chippewa Valley CWD advisory team
Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team meeting in Altoona, WI in June 2018

The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team (CVCAT) is an ad-hoc advisory team made up of representatives of County Deer Advisory Councils for Eau Claire, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Trempealeau Counties. This team is being formed in response to the CWD positive wild deer that was discovered in Eau Claire County in March of 2018. The purpose of the team is to serve as an advisory body to the Department regarding local CWD surveillance and management.

2020 CWD Sampling Results

In 2020, an additional six deer tested positive for CWD, bringing the total to twelve in Brunswick, Drammen and Rock Creek townships since 2018. For a full report on our 2020 CWD sampling efforts, see the CWD sampling results.

CWD Surveillance permits:

CWD Surveillance permits are available to landowners in the area surrounding newly found CWD positive deer for the 2021 season. The purpose of these permits is to increase the number of deer tested for CWD in a localized area. The permits allow landowners to harvest adult deer (buck or does) from Sept. 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, with a bow, crossbow, gun or muzzleloader. Any adult deer harvested from the landowner's property, both from surveillance permits and normal season, must be tested for CWD. The area where the tags are issued is below. If interested in surveillance permits, contact Terry Shaurette, Eau Claire CWD Biologist: 608-386-2368.

Landowner Permit Area
View the full size sampling map [PDF]

The CVCAT will seek to meet the following objectives:

  • Gather and consider public opinion regarding CWD and options for surveillance and management.
  • Review and consider the best available peer-reviewed information on CWD.
  • Provide the Department with recommendations regarding local surveillance areas, surveillance methods and management options.

The team is made up of seven members with two representatives from Eau Claire County and one representative from the remaining five counties. Representatives are elected by their respective CDAC membership. In addition to the seven standing members, each county has one alternate member. The committee is chaired by one of the two selected members from Eau Claire County and the vice-chair is elected by the team.


In March 2018, department staff collected tissue samples from a two-year-old doe in response to a sick deer call from a landowner in Eau Claire County in Brunswick township. This CWD positive animal is the first confirmed wild deer to test positive for the disease in Eau Claire County.

As required by law, the finding renewed Eau Claire County’s existing three-year baiting and feeding ban. Because this CWD-positive result is located within 10 miles of Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Pepin and Trempealeau counties, these counties will now be designated as CWD-affected counties. Additionally, two-year baiting and feeding bans for these five counties have been enacted.

Advisory team members

  • Chair: Dave Zielke, Eau Claire
  • Alternate Chair: Al Brown, Chippewa County
  • Member: Tom Hanks, Eau Claire County
  • Member: Mark Noll, Buffalo County
  • Member: Randy Symicek, Trempealeau County
  • Member: Rick Wayne, Pepin County
  • Member: Al Marotz, Dunn County

Visit the CDAC search page for contact information for the advisory team members.

Meeting information

June 24th, 2020

May 27th, 2020

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