WGF Sponsors Deer Dumpsters to Slow Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

WI Green Fire, November 1, 2021

Deer credit Jerry Davis

As deer hunting season begins in Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Green Fire is working to help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is the biggest threat to Wisconsin’s deer herds and cherished deer hunting heritage, spreading to 45 counties. One way to slow this spread is providing designated deer dumpsters where hunters can safely dispose of deer carcasses. Since 2019, WGF has partnered with the Sauk County Conservation Alliance and the Wisconsin DNR to provide dumpsters. Over the past three years, our combined efforts captured 118 tons of CWD-infected deer waste and helped hunters dispose of 1,099 infected deer carcasses through our deer dumpster program.

In 2022, WGF and the Alliance are providing five dumpsters, and WGF is sponsoring two in Baraboo and Plain (see locations below). Our work includes working with local authorities to find a suitable location for the dumpster, publicizing the locations , arranging for dumpster delivery, monitoring the usage, and arranging for the dumpster disposal and replacement.  

With your support, WGF will be able to provide proper carcass disposal at both dumpster locations, and continue our educational efforts with decision-makers, hunters, and outdoor users to improve Wisconsin’s response to this disease.

WGF Wildlife Work Group co-chair Tom Hauge with a banner for the WGF sponsored dumpsters.

WGF is sponsoring two dumpsters in 2022. The Baraboo dumpster is located at the City of Baraboo wastewater treatment facility at 1000 Manchester Street. The Plain dumpster is located behind the Town of Franklyn Garage at 550 Main Street.

If you are interested in donating to support this cause, please visit our GoFundMe page to make a secure donation.

Make sure to read WGF’s July 2021 Meeting Wisconsin’s Deer Conservation Challenges Opportunities Now Report that advocates for a revision of Wisconsin’s 2010 CWD Response Plan, prioritizing state policies that reduce disease prevalence, slow disease spread and rapidly respond to new detections. WGF will continue to advocate for policy and on-the-ground efforts to protect Wisconsin’s treasured deer herd.

Locations of WGF-sponsored dumpsters:

Plain: 550 Main Street, Plain, WI 53577

Baraboo: 1000 Manchester Street, Baraboo, WI 53913

Click here to support our Stop the Spread CWD Action Fund!

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