Concerns over chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Wisconsin deer have led the state’s Department of Natural Resources to remind hunters to obey baiting and feeding bans, and ensure that they properly dispose of waste from deer carcasses.

Use of bait to hunt deer or feed deer for viewing is banned in most Wisconsin counties due to CWD. Only 15 counties, primarily in far northern Wisconsin, are not under such bans. But the DNR is asking those in counties that do not have bans to choose not to bait. That will help slow the spread of CWD.

Baits don’t just include food. The DNR said it includes “any material that is placed or used to attract wild animals for hunting purposes.” It includes scents, salts, minerals and grain.

When CWD is found, the county in which the affected deer was found falls under a three-year bait and feeding ban. The ban will extend to an adjoining county if the deer is within 10 miles of the county border. The ban periods reset with each new case found in the county.

Proper carcass disposal involves use of a designated dumpster, transfer station, or landfill.

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