Summary: Efforts to manage a threat to future deer hunts — chronic wasting disease — had little effect, despite seven years and nearly $41 million in state and federal spending.

The Department of Natural Resources failed to meet critical goals for reducing the size of the deer herd and reducing infection totals in areas hit by the fatal deer disease, an agency official acknowledged in an interview.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Original data analysis by Kryssy Pease, Nov. 2009
Visualizations updated by Kate Golden, Dec. 2012

Link to downloadable spreadsheet of data


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