Yes, it's the Dept of Ag. There policies for domestic elk are also stopping Wisconsin DNR from getting wild elk to boost the wild herd.
When I read the article, it just got my goat. It just seems like the whole answer to stopping CWD has been placed on banning bait and getting rid of the deer. They can't figure out how to keep them domestic so they want them all gone. No doubt banning bait will help stop CWD but as mentioned above by others, deer and elk in pens is just asking for more disease. What good is banning bait when the real problem is the animals behind fences? If we are going to give up bait, shouldn't we also give up bottle doe pee and start working on a way to get wild animals back in the wild where they take care of themselves much better than we can care for them on ranches and farms? If banning bait is a no brainer, the same logic should apply to domestic deer and elk. If a hunter can only use 2 gallons of corn on 40 acres as bait, that should also be the ratio and requirements to feed domestic deer. Until there's a cure for CWD and TB there's no safe way to keep deer and elk domestic. When they get diseased, our Dept of Ag and DNR blames it on and punishes the wild herd. It's like they're keeping them around for an excuse to lower the wild populations even further.
It's just like them saying there will be fewer hunters in the future and then going out and doing everything to discourage new hunters. Self fulfilled prophesy. If they kill off the deer, elk, bears, there wont be any hunters. If we save and reintroduce our big game animals, we'll have hunters. To kill off the herd because of fear there wont be enough hunters in the future is crazy and wrong. How did Wisconsin get so screwed up?
American by birth, hunter by choice.