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Illinois, Wisconsin differ in culling deer to control disease

Image: Illinois Department of Natural Resources

By Elizabeth DagresGreat Lakes EchoHunting combined with the controversial practice of culling can help control chronic wasting disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer better than hunting alone, according to a recent study done in Illinois and Wisconsin. Culling removes breeding animals to minimize reproduction. It’s been used in both Illinois and Wisconsin to control the spread of the contagious neurological disease that infects deer, elk and moose. CWD causes a spongy degeneration of the brain and results in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death, according to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance. Illinois and Wisconsin are among the Great Lakes states experiencing an increase of white-tailed deer amid continued concern about the fatal disease. Continue Reading →

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Michigan nears deer management decision

LANSING, Mich. – Hunting may soon have new guidance if the state Department of Natural Reseources and Environment approves its draft deer management plan.

The plan to manage 1.8 million deer goes to the agency director, Rebecca Humphries, on April 8.

Final approval would come on May 6; the agency would begin implementing parts of the plan immediately. Continue Reading →

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Great Lakes wildlife managers fight deer disease with firearms

By Sarah Coefield
Nov. 19, 2009

The best medicine for diseased deer is the business end of a rifle, according to wildlife experts managing the species. And it’s inoculation time. With hunting season in full swing, conservation officials across the Great Lakes region are relying on hunters to thin the massive herd and slow the spread of disease. (more…) Continue Reading →

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