"Same old tired rhetoric JC. Did you bother to read the link that I supplied? We're far beyond the point of "speculation" that Baiting can increase the spread/rate of CWD. If that link is not convincing enough, take the time to do a little research. "
I have read it, and my opinion it is a hodgepodge thrown together by a figurehead of the DNR that just organized information into an opinion based "study". However, what was also ignored was the core epidemiology of the disease itself. There is no scientific study which shows that baiting bans result in a decreased transmission rate of CWD. Why does CWD jump several hundred miles to "new locations"? Why are transmission rates higher in some areas and not others? Why in the world is CWD spreading faster in states that have NEVER ALLOWED BAITING?!?!? Why even be concerned about baiting bans in parts of WI that DON'T EVEN HAVE CWD????
I don't know what a ban on baiting and feeding is going to achieve by banning it in areas of WI that doesn't even have the disease to begin with. The CWD areas are already banned, and yet the disease continues to expand at an alarming rate. The only thing a bait ban achieves is restricting those who bait, hurting the feed mills and retail suppliers of feed, and yield yet another advantage to the hunters that are fortunate enough to have their own private land and food plots.
Again, this disease, first off, is not well understood. Nobody has figured out how the disease can jump hundreds of miles to new locations. They don't fully understand the vector in my opinion. Studies linking soil characteristics, and even the innate ability to transmit the disease through plant matter is enough to tell me that the baiting ban is a political move which will have absolutely no impact on disease progression. IT HASN'T WORKED IN THE PAST, AND IT ISN'T WORKING TO CONTROL THE SPREAD WHERE BAIT IS BANNED NOW! Why then ban it in areas where CWD doesn't exist?
Just like a previous poster stated, it is another illogical step in "protecting us" that the government is trying to push. Just like the disaster scenarios with VHS in fish where it was going to wipe our lakes clean of game fish. The DNR allowed no more minnow trapping, and the price of minnows exponentially increased since the minnows have to come from a certified fish farm. Yet, there is no way to control osprey, eagles, mink, otters, etc. from dragging fish from one lake to another. To pass laws as extensive as these, there better be a very tangible goal. There is no way to stop VHS from spreading, and like CWD was overblown, there has been little impact on fish populations even in lakes where it was identified.
A good question is, how much slower will CWD spread from Dane County if we ban baiting in Ashland County?