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The Latest: Midwest meeting yields no new approaches to CWD

July 25, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Midwest wildlife officials meeting in Wisconsin to discuss chronic wasting disease (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Wildlife experts from around the Midwest are concluding up a two-day chronic wasting disease conference in Wisconsin without coming up with any new approaches to slow the ailment.

The conference in Madison included state officials from North Dakota and South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Preston Cole told reporters on Wednesday the gathering was “unprecedented.”

But the attendees didn’t come up with any new tactics. They finished the conference Thursday afternoon by laying out a host of potential research priorities, including dispersal paths, how to persuade hunters to comply with chronic wasting disease regulations and the role of insects and spiders in spreading the disease.

They also discussed sharing disease management plans between the states but were unsure how to best accomplish that goal.

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9:15 a.m.

Wildlife experts from around the Midwest are expected to wrap up a conference in Wisconsin by proposing recommendations for better managing chronic wasting disease.

Experts from a host of states including both Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri converged in Madison on Wednesday for a two-day conference on the disease.

The meeting is scheduled to conclude Thursday afternoon with a discussion on recommendations on how to create a more consistent response across state lines and a common communications platform so states can share information.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of deer and causes the animals to grow thin, act abnormally and eventually die. The disease threatens the deer hunting industry throughout the Midwest.

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