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Patrick Durkin column: Politicians ignore alarming CWD spike in Wyoming valley

12:22 AM, Apr. 21, 2013
About one out of every three bucks age 2.5 years and older carries CWD in north-central Iowa County, as does one out of every six yearling bucks (1.5 years old).
About one out of every three bucks age 2.5 years and older carries CWD in north-central Iowa County, as does one out of every six yearling bucks (1.5 years old).
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Those who think Wisconsin should just "learn to live" with chronic wasting disease are seeing their surrender take shape as "nature takes its course" on our deer herd.

In fact, folks near Spring Green are living the realities of such clichés. One farmer in the Wyoming valley of north-central Iowa County has shot 21 CWD-positive deer from his family's 700 acres since 2008, with 11 falling since April 2012.

Those are just a few of the sick deer in a 144-square-mile area where CWD is rising at "unprecedented" rates. That one-word assessment came from Bryan Richards, CWD project leader at the U.S. ...

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