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Wisconsin's CWD response plan

The Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan, approved by the Natural Resources Board, guides the department's approach to addressing CWD in Wisconsin. This plan is to be used from 2010-2025.

The stakeholder-based CWD Response Plan Review Committee reviewed the plan and provided recommendations for the future. The committee consisted of the:

  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources;
  • Wisconsin Conservation Congress; and
  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

The first 5-year review of the plan was completed in 2017 by the review committee. Recommendations from the committee can be found in the final report [PDF]. As part of the public input process, County Deer Advisory Councils held a round of special meetings to gather public input on the response plan action items.

Implementation and progress summary

The annual summary of implementation efforts on action items [PDF] outlines steps completed prior to and during the 2017 - 2019 deer hunting seasons and action items that are currently in progress for the 2020 season and beyond.

CWD response plan details

Controlling CWD in Wisconsin's free-ranging white-tailed deer will be extremely challenging, and will require a commitment of human and financial resources over an extended period of time. The department developed the Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan in recognition of its public trust responsibility for managing wildlife and ensuring the health of Wisconsin's wildlife populations. However, waning public support and limited fiscal resources have limited the department's ability to fully implement the plan.

Download the entire 15 year CWD Response Plan [PDF]