A wild deer has been discovered with Chronic Wasting Disease for the first time outside a 411-square-mile zone west of Madison.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that a three-year-old buck shot in Grant County during the nine-day hunting season that ended Sunday tested positive for the fatal disease.
The Wisconsin Viral Research Group in Wauwatosa is conducting the lab work for test kits marketed to hunters through sporting goods stores.
Tom Hauge, a Department of Natural Resource wildlife administrator, told the newspaper he's not surprised by the lab's discovery.
Grant County borders Iowa County, part of which is included in the DNR's 411-square-mile eradication zone, where it wants all the deer killed in an effort to try to eradicate the disease from the herd. So far, 41 wild deer have tested positive within the zone.
The private lab is using technology that is not approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It has tested about 300 samples out of about 600, with only the one positive result.