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CWD rules

Gov. Scott Walker's three-part plan directed the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to require deer farms and hunting ranches to install "enhanced fencing" in the form of either two 8-foot high wire fences, a secondary electric fence or an impermeable wall. Walker also ordered DATCP to draft a rule banning the movement of live deer from farms in counties that have had positive cases of CWD.

MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Natural Resources’ board has unanimously approved an emergency rule that requires deer farms to upgrade fences in an effort to slow chronic wasting disease.

The rule calls for deer farms that have had a CWD infection to install a second fence or solid barrier. CWD-free farms would have three options: add a second fence, add a solid barrier or add an electric fence. Farmers would have a year to comply.

According to the DNR, 13 farms have had a CWD infection. The agency estimates those farmers would have to spend about $876,365 to comply.

The cheapest option for remaining farms is electric fencing. The DNR estimates that would cost $1.3 million.

The rule also imposes a general ban on movement of deer carcasses from CWD-affected counties.

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