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NIFA: Status of CWD in Illinois

  • October 15, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Stockton Public Library

NIFA is hosting Chris Jacques, Ph.D., from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease in deer this Saturday, October 15th, at 1:00 pm at the Stockton Public Library.  Apart from CWD, Dr. Jacques will also describe his additional IDNR responsibilities.

Dr. Jacques is a Program Manager for the Wildlife Disease and Invasive Species at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  This program includes coordinating wildlife diseases (particularly CWD management and monitoring EHD outbreaks) and all activities related to feral swine and large carnivores for the Wildlife Division.  Chris earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in wildlife and fisheries sciences from South Dakota State University, and a B.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine.  Chris was previously an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Western Illinois University (2012-2021), and Natural Resources Research Scientist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2007-2012).  He has published numerous scientific papers on a range of wildlife taxa, and extensively on infectious diseases of cervids.  Chris is a Wildlife Biologist certified by The Wildlife Society, was the President of the Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society, is currently a member of the IDNR Endangered Species Technical Advisory Committee for mammals, and has held past or ongoing editorial appointments for the Prairie Naturalist, Journal of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Society Bulletin, and the Journal of Mammalogy.  Chris grew up in Thomaston, Maine, and spent most of his time hunting, fishing, and trapping his family property and neighboring coastal wetlands.  Chris enjoys most any outdoor activity, but has a special love for archery hunting deer.  

The Library is located at 140 West Benton in Stockton.  This program is free and open to the public. 

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