Thursday, February 22nd

The UW-Madison lab that checks deer carcasses for a deadly brain disease said Monday there may be increased urgency for hunters to test for chronic wasting disease this year based on new scientific research.

Preliminary results of studies released earlier this year in Canada found for the first time CWD could be transmitted to primates.

There still have been no known instances of humans contracting CWD, but hunters should know the new study demonstrates the risk isn’t nonexistent, said Keith Poulsen, diagnostic case and outreach coordinator at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

“We’re sure the risk is pretty low, but it’s not zero,” Poulsen said. “It would be a mistake to ignore it.”

Wisconsin’s archery season for deer opens Saturday.