Congressional hearings on CWD threat scheduled

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McInnis to hold hearing on CWD efforts

By Mike Soraghan, Denver Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 30, 2002 - WASHINGTON - House forest subcommittee chairman Scott McInnis, R-Colo., has scheduled a hearing next month on containing chronic wasting disease, which is afflicting deer and elk populations across the West.
The hearings has been scheduled for May 9 in Washington. It will focus on how federal response to the disease can be coordinated.

"This disease has the potential to do grave damage to both our deer and elk populations, and the folks in rural America who rely on healthy and viable populations of these species for their economic survival," said McInnis. "It's time to pull all of the best minds on this issue together to devise an integrated and long-term vision before this potentially catastrophic disease gets an upper hand."

McInnis also said he is interested in finding out how Congress can support research efforts aimed at eradicating the disease.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, who have worked with McInnis in seeking to secure CWD-related funding, will be invited to the hearing.
 

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