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Deer farmers raise concerns over CWD regulations


Several deer farmers in Wisconsin don't agree with Gov. Scott Walker's proposed methods to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD. 

The plan includes calls for better fencing as well as limitations on animal transportation efforts. 

Laurie Seale owns a farm in the Village of Gilman in Taylor County. She's been farming for 30 years.

She said the movement could bankrupt farmers across the state. She also doesn't believe farms are the cause of the growing cases of CWD.

"We personally believe our program is working, and the governor shouldn't be shutting down farms that are doing everything they've been asked to do and then some," she said. 

Seale said strict regulations are already in place. She hopes to be able to reach a compromise with the Walker administration and come up with regulations that work for both sides.

"I wouldn't have done this for 30 years if I didn't love it and the people in the industry feel the same way I do," she said. "It's devastating to us to think that we could be put out of business."

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