Wis. want hunters to remember firewood rules

CREATED Nov. 12, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's deer hunting season is approaching and state officials don't want hunters to forget about a couple pests dangerous to forests.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection wants hunters who may be camping to use firewood from where they are setting up or purchase wood from a certified dealer.

That's so they don't bring emerald ash borer or gypsy moths into the area through eggs or larvae on firewood.

Melody Walker, the chief of the state's Pest Survey program, says emerald ash borers and gypsy moths are two of the most destructive forest pests in North America.

It's illegal to move firewood from areas that are quarantined. Fifty-one Wisconsin counties are quarantined for one or both pests.

The state's gun deer hunting season starts Saturday.