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DATCP confirms CWD-positive deer in Wisconsin

Staff Writer |
Based on test results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) confirms that a whitetail buck from a hunting ranch in Forest County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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The six-year old buck was born on a breeding farm in Marinette County, Wisconsin and was moved to the 230-acre hunt ranch in 2014.

According to the owner's most recent registration, the hunting ranch contains only whitetail deer.

DATCP's Division of Animal Health is working with the owner of the Forest County facility to determine if any changes are needed to the existing herd plan. A herd plan provides restrictions under a quarantine that the owner must operate under to prevent the spread of disease.

CWD is a fatal disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal's brain. Testing for CWD can only be performed after the animal's death.

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