- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Department of Natural Resources’ board is set to vote on permanent regulations allowing captive deer farmers to opt out of the state’s chronic wasting disease monitoring program without upgrading their fences.

Deer farms have had to enroll in the monitoring program to get DNR approval for a single fence. Farms that don’t participate in monitoring must install double or solid fencing.

The DNR board in December adopted an emergency rule allowing farmers to opt out of monitoring without installing double or solid fencing. DNR officials say they’re worried farmers might not be able to afford to comply with new federal standards for monitoring and have to pay to upgrade their fences.

The board is set to adopt a permanent version of the rule during a meeting Wednesday in Ashland.

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