CWD Management Act Introduced In Congress
December 18, 2017
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CWD Management Act Introduced In Congress

On November 21, Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC) member U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act (H.R. 4454).

This bipartisan legislation will help support state and tribal efforts to develop and implement strategies to address Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer, elk, and moose. Likewise, it will support research efforts into the causes of, and methods to control, the further spread of the disease.

H.R. 4454 will help provide additional funding for these agencies and will provide managers with a more accurate assessment of the current impacts of this disease to better inform management decisions. Additionally, this legislation will address a current dearth in research funding to assist in the furthering of solutions for curing this disease.

“The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) has long recognized that increased attention to, and funding for, regular screening and testing of cervids at the state level is necessary to ensure a timely response is possible in the event of a Chronic Wasting Disease outbreak,” said CSF Senior Director of Northeastern States Brent Miller.

This bill will direct the Secretary of Agriculture to authorize $35 million to provide critical funding to state and tribal wildlife agencies and agricultural agencies to implement management strategies to address CWD. Additionally, this legislation will make grants available for entities that participate in the research of this disease through the United States Department of Agriculture.
It will direct land management agencies of the Departments of Agriculture and Interior to work collaboratively with state agencies to address the spread of CWD.

courtesy Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation

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