The Douglas County Board approved extending a moratorium that prohibits the importation of captive deer and other cervids until Nov. 16, 2020.

The extension will give the Communicable Diseases in Cervids Study Committee more time to develop an ordinance to regulate deer farms and hunting reserves in an effort to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease in Douglas County.

The committee is working to develop a new agricultural district that would set the rules for running a deer farm or hunting preserve, and provide the county assurances that operators take their responsibilities seriously.

Hopefully, it won’t take that long, said Supervisor Mary Lou Bergman, chairwoman of the cervids study group.

However, with the moratorium set to expire in November of this year, and the ordinance still in the draft stage, the study committee sought the extension because even if the ordinance is adopted by the County Board, more than half the towns in Douglas County would have to approve it before it goes into effect.

Bergman said once the ordinance is in place, the moratorium would end.

The study committee meets again at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Room 270 of the Government Center to continue its discussion of the proposed ordinance.

The committee will also learn more about a captive elk that tested positive for CWD in Burnett County in August. New baiting and feeding restrictions were put into place Sept. 1 in Burnett, Barron, Polk and Washburn counties as a result of the find, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.