A USDA comment period on proposed changes to its Chronic Wasting Disease program recently completed. Hundreds of comments were submitted (https://bit.ly/usdacomments) by citizens, hunters, state ag or wildlife agencies, the confined cervid industry, and conservation organizations.  You can see the MHFFC submission at https://bit.ly/mhffc_comment.

18 state wildlife agencies responded with the input of their trained professionals who directly serve the public interest in healthy wildlife — the soldiers on the front line of the battle with CWD.

It wasn’t pretty. Here are some of the highlights:

continues to fall short not consistent with data  ineffective proven Inadequate major deficiencies inconsistent with sound disease control ignores the great risk lacking concern over the impacts to wildlife not stringent enough increases the risks

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