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IDNR to Conduct Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Public Informational Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Chris Young
217-557-1240
IDNR to Conduct Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Public Informational Meeting
OTTAWA, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), in cooperation with The Bone Shed Sporting Goods, will conduct a public meeting to provide information about chronic wasting disease (CWD), its effect on future deer populations, and IDNR’s efforts to control the disease.  IDNR staff will also be available to answer questions about the disease.  Landowners, hunters, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.  CWD is an important issue that will dominate deer management discussions in northern Illinois for many years.

Chronic wasting disease is an always fatal neurological disease that is threatening the long-term health of white-tailed deer in Illinois.  First documented in the state in 2002 near Roscoe, Illinois, CWD has spread across the northern edge and northeastern portions of Illinois, and as far south as the Illinois River valley.  CWD has become established along the Illinois River, including parts of LaSalle, Grundy, Will, Kane, Kankakee, and Livingston counties.

The CWD meeting will be held on Saturday, May 7 at The Bone Shed Sporting Goods, 4200 MBL Dr., Ottawa, IL.  The meeting will start at 1 p.m., with a 40-minute presentation and discussion to follow.

For more information about the meeting or about CWD, contact Doug Dufford, IDNR Wildlife Disease Program Manager, at 815-369-2414 or by email at doug.dufford@illinois.gov.
 
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