Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress will host a public meeting to discuss testing and surveillance in response to the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in western Eau Claire County.

The meeting will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Rock Creek Town Hall, County Highway H, Rock Falls.

The Chippewa Valley CWD Advisory Team recommended that DNR staff work with willing landowners to issue voluntary surveillance permits to acquire tissue samples for CWD testing. These permits were issued within a 27.5-square mile focus area surrounding the location where a wild deer tested positive for CWD in March 2018.

DNR staff will be in attendance to provide information about the results of local CWD testing efforts and to discuss future recommendations to be considered by the advisory team. A public comment period will allow time during the meeting for citizens who wish to provide comments to the advisory team.

This meeting was originally schedule for Tuesday, Jan. 29, but was rescheduled due extremely cold temperatures.

For more information regarding CWD in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “CWD.”