IDNR Will Fight CWD with Sharpshooters

ROCKFORD – IDNR plans to control the disease CWD in Northern Illinois by having sharpshooters in the Winnebago and Boone County area, but not all hunters think this is a good idea.

ROCKFORD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will start using their sharpshooters by the end of this month to decrease the spreading of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) among the deer population in the Winnebago and Boone County area.

Officials from IDNR say if it’s allowed to go unchecked this disease will spread through much of Northern Illinois if not all of the state.

Others disagree and believe that even if authorities get rid of the animals that are sick, they still can't take the CWD out of the ground. Therefore, this puts into question the efficiency of the program.

In the coming weeks, IDNR will be approaching landowners in the Rock Valley area to ask for their permission to hunt in their properties.

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