Hunters fill the Community Room at Mauston City Hall Tuesday night

Chronic Wasting Disease, which affects the nervous systems in elk, deer, and moose, was first discovered in the Wisconsin deer herd 11-years ago.  During the 2012 gun deer season, the first deer in Juneau County tested positive for the disease.  Tuesday night the Department of Natural Resources and a panel of experts answered questions from almost two-dozen hunters who attended an informational meeting at Mauston City Hall.  The DNR reassured hunters the 2013 deer seasons will not change with the discovery of CWD in Juneau County, but it would like to collect 500-samples within a 10-mile radius from where the deer was shot, which was east of Lyndon Station.  Former DNR Warden and Juneau County property owner, Tom Jodarski, attended the meeting Tuesday night.  He expressed his concerns but doesn’t believe sharpshooting is the answer.  He said the DNR tried that already.  It cost millions of dollars and the disease still spread.