Chronic Wasting Disease Expert to Present "CWD: Is it Serious and What Can We Do?" at Viterbo University March 14

Feb. 26, 2018

Contact Rick Kyte at 608-796-3704 or rlkyte@viterbo.edu

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE EXPERT TO PRESENT “CWD: IS IT SERIOUS AND WHAT CAN WE DO?” AT VITERBO UNIVERSITY MARCH 14

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Bryan Richards, a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) specialist with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, will present “CWD: Is it Serious and What Can We Do?” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in the Viterbo University Reinhart Center room 107.

This informational session will cover disease basics, the distribution of CWD throughout North America and Wisconsin, scientific advances in assessing CWD, and potential effects on the deer herd. CWD is a growing threat to the region’s whitetail deer population and hunting traditions. This past fall, a CWD positive deer was found just three miles from the La Crosse County line near Chaseburg. No baiting or feeding will be allowed in La Crosse County in the future.

Educated in wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin and Southern Illinois University, Richards spent over a decade involved with all aspects of big game management with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Following the detection of CWD in Wisconsin, Richards joined the National Wildlife Health Center to work with state, federal, tribal, academic, international, and non-government partners on research and management of CWD.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Viterbo University and the La Crosse County Conservation Alliance (LCAA). For more information, contact Marc Schultz, LCCA chairman, at 608-792-1445, Rick Kyte, Viterbo University, at 608-796-3704, or John Wetzel, LCCA Secretary, at 608-526-4238.

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