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