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Proposal would outlaw baiting and feeding of deer

The baiting and feeding of deer would be illegal in all of Wisconsin under a measure passed Wednesday by the state Natural Resources Board.

The panel unanimously OK'd a series of requests to the state Legislature and the feeding ban was tops among them.

The practice is already banned in most of southern Wisconsin to avoid the spread of chronic wasting disease in that region.

But efforts to pass the baiting ban in the north have failed in the past.

Deer hunters objected, as did folks in wooded areas who feed deer in their yards, and feed-store owners who said they would lose money.

CWD has not turned up in the wild in northern Wisconsin.

The board also asked lawmakers to approve managed hunts for all migratory birds and let drivers keep the bear and turkey they hit, just like they now do with deer.

Member Jonathan Ela said he wanted the board's legislative agenda to include measures to fight global warming.

But others said it would be more appropriate to wait until specific bills are proposed, and comment then.

Also Thursday, the Natural Resources Board voted to remove osprey and trumpeter swans from the state's threatened lists after recovery programs were successful.

The board also OK'd more bear hunting permits and quotas, in light of an increased population.