262 deer killed in first week of Wisconsin CWD hunt

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June 18, 2002

262 deer killed during first week of special hunt

The Associated Press

Hunters killed 262 deer during the first weeklong special hunt to try to eradicate a fatal brain disease from the herd in southwest Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources reported Monday.

The deer were shot in a 361-square-mile area of Dane, Iowa and Sauk counties, where the DNR hopes to kill the estimated 25,000 deer in the area, agency spokesman Bob Manwell said.

Hunting began June 8 and ended Friday. The DNR also plans weeklong hunts July 13-19, Aug. 10-16 and Sept. 7-13.

During the first hunt, landowners shot 170 deer and DNR sharpshooters 92, said Carl Batha, the DNR’s hunt coordinator.

“The first shooting period was a real learning experience for us, and knowledge gained will help the department to better handle animals during the remaining shooting periods and, more importantly, this fall when deer numbers will jump sharply,” he said.

The unprecedented summer hunt was ordered after chronic wasting disease was found in three deer shot near Mount Horeb last fall. It’s the first time the disease, which causes deer to grow thin and die, has been found east of the Mississippi River.

So far, 18 deer have tested positive for the disease, all in southwest Wisconsin.

All deer killed last week — 186 does and 76 bucks — will be tested for the disease at a laboratory in Ames, Iowa. The results were not back Monday, Manwell said.
 


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