July 24, 2019 Rhinelander, WI—
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) today announced its support of the CWD Collaboration Workshop being held this week in Madison, WI. MAFWA President Kelly Hepler, Secretary of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, said, “CWD is one of the most critically important issues facing fish and wildlife directors today and into the future. We thank Wisconsin for organizing this workshop.”
The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) was formed in 1934 to provide a common forum for state and provincial fish and wildlife agencies to share ideas, information, pool resources, and form action initiatives to better the management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources in the Midwest. MAFWA represents 13 state and 3 provincial Midwest fish and wildlife agencies.
CWD has been detected in 12 of MAFWAs 16 states and provinces. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death.