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Bill Lueders column: State gets passive as CWD spreads

7:54 PM, May 5, 2013
This 3-year-old deer with CWD was shot by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff in Iowa County in August 2009.
This 3-year-old deer with CWD was shot by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff in Iowa County in August 2009.
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You can practically feel Patrick Durkin's blood pressure rising, column after column. The Waupaca-based outdoor recreation writer has devoted more than a dozen of his weekly offerings since 2009 decrying what he feels is the state's inadequate response to the threat posed to deer by chronic wasting disease, or CWD.

His April 21 column, carried in papers including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, looked at a CWD hot spot in north-central Iowa County near Spring Green. There, the annual growth rate for the fatal brain disease has reached 27 percent among deer 2 years or older.

This finding, for ...

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