Tests for Chronic Wasting Disease at Atwood

Again this year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will conduct a deer harvest at Seth B. Atwood Park on the following dates, between sundown and 11 p.m. The entire park will be closed to the public on the nights of the shoot: Tuesday, Feb. 6, Wednesday, Feb. 7, Wednesday, Feb. 14, Tuesday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 21, Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7.

This is the second year of a three-year program involving the Kishwaukee River corridor.

“The IDNR will remove up to 15 animals from our site, using bait (corn) piles and Department marksmen. This harvest is a sampling and prevention technique for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which was discovered last winter just upriver from the park,” said Pat Parks, manager, Environmental Recreation and Education.

IDNR Wildlife Biologist Doug Dufford will conduct a community meeting for anyone interested in this process, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Atwood Environmental Center, 2685 New Milford School Rd.

For those who wish to attend the meeting and need an auxiliary aid or service (sign language interpreter, assistive listening device or other support), to ensure effective communication, call 987-1600 (voice/TTY) 48 hours in advance for assistance or disability support.

For more information, contact Doug Dufford at (815) 273-2771.

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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