Wisconsin Public Television

Series: Chronic Wasting Disease In Wisconsin's Deer

The deer herd at the heart of Wisconsin's beloved hunting tradition faces a growing threat in the form of chronic wasting disease, caused by an infectious type of protein called prions. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began testing for CWD in 1999, detecting more than 100,000 infected deer since, mostly in southern areas of the state. As DNR policies for monitoring CWD shift amid changing political priorities for wildlife management, hunters and scientists remain concerned about the disease's threat to the health of the deer herd.
 
The issue of chronic wasting disease has been prevalent among the deer population in Wisconsin, but could the disease spread to humans? University of Minnesota professor Michael Osterholm says it might.
Wisconsin is continuing to grapple with the implications of chronic wasting disease and its effects on the state's deer herd and the hunting season.
Data from dead deer in Wisconsin and applied to living ones in Virginia could help detect disease earlier in herds in the Great Lakes states and elsewhere.
Wisconsin environmental regulators announced in August 2018 that they will take new steps to track and try to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease among the state's deer population.
Wisconsin enacted new rules for hunters and deer farms to halt the spread of chronic wasting disease. George Meyer, former Department of Natural Resources secretary and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation executive director, discusses these changes.
After years of Wisconsin testing fewer deer for chronic wasting disease but finding more cases of infections, a new study offered some additional clues about how CWD might spread through the environment.
Researchers have found prions that cause chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's soil and water. UW-Madison soil scientist Joel Pederson explains what this research means about the spread of CWD around the state.
Chronic wasting disease used to frighten people in Wisconsin.
With deer hunting season underway, freelance journalist and UW-Madison lecturer Ron Seely discusses issues arising from chronic wasting disease a decade-and-a-half after it was first identified in Wisconsin.
The degenerative nervous system disorder chronic wasting disease primarily infects deer, moose and elk in several locations around North America, including in Wisconsin.