Costly Disease

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Costs related to a chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's deer have surpassed a million dollars.

The state Department of Natural Resources says most of that was spent on killing deer and collecting brain samples in zones around Mount Horeb.

The federal government has paid the costs of testing deer brain samples for the disease at an Iowa laboratory.

In late February, the DNR announced that three bucks shot in November near Mount Horeb had the disease. That was first time it was found east of the Mississippi River.

Since then, a special hunt to find out the scope of the disease turned up another 15 deer who tested positive.

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