NDA Calls on Wisconsin Legislators for CWD Attention
In a letter sent to National Deer Alliance (NDA) members in Wisconsin on Monday, NDA urged sportsmen and other wildlife enthusiasts to contact their legislators and tell them that turning a blind eye to chronic wasting disease (CWD) is unacceptable. An action alert was distributed on the heels of the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee’s decision to not appropriate funding to address CWD in the current budget cycle. “As we’ve stressed continually, hoping that CWD just goes away on its own is not a worthy strategy,” said NDA president and CEO, Nick Pinizzotto. “We recognize that CWD is a difficult political issue to deal with, but Wisconsin sportsmen expect leadership from their elected officials and the lack of action on this critical matter won’t go unchecked.”
CWD has now reached 26 states and no state is more referenced on the matter than Wisconsin. As scientific data clearly shows, CWD prevalence rates skyrocketed in the state when active management practices were stopped while other states that have continued managing have demonstrated success. The letter to legislators asks for funding to improve monitoring and surveillance, conduct additional research, and support the cost of on-the-ground management activities.