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DNR to hold Portage County CWD hearing at Mead tonight


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - Chronic Wasting Disease in central Wisconsin's deer herd will be the topic for discussion tonight at a hearing at the Mead Wildlife Center

The DNR will be bringing in a panel of experts to talk about the disease and what its presence in Portage County will mean for the future. DNR area wildlife supervisor Kris Johansen says the meeting is an open forum. "We're looking for public input from hunters and landowners as we approach this disease for the future."

Early in January, DNR officials reported finding a CWD positive doe during the 2012 gun hunt near the Mead Wildlife Area. That was the first positive result for CWD from a wild deer in the county after the disease was found on deer from game farms nearly a decade ago. The DNR has not yet determined how the doe contracted CWD or how the disease made it off the farms.

Tonight's meeting gets underway at 7 PM at the Mead Visitors Center.