Wisconsin DNR issues ban for Nov. 18 deer confirmed with CWD

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 12:28 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 2:54 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WSAW) - On Nov. 18, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection confirms that a Lincoln County deer farm has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The samples were then confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, IA.

Now, the Wisconsin DNR has confirmed the case and has issued a new baiting and feeding ban to begin on Dec. 12.

The positive result came from a 5-year-old white-tailed buck. The farm where it was located was placed under quarantine where the deer remained while DATCP and USDA veterinarians and staff conducted an epidemiological investigation.

State law requires that the DNR enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a farm-raised or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that tests positive for CWD. This recent detection will create a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Lincoln County.

CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal’s brain. CWD has an average period of 18-24 months between infection and when noticeable signs take effect. During that time, the animals look and act normal, but the U.S. Geological Survey says that the most obvious sign of the disease is progressive weight loss followed by numerous behavioral changes.

In addition to submitting samples for CWD testing, hunters are also encouraged to properly dispose of deer carcass waste by locating a designated dumpster, transfer station or landfill location near you on the DNR website.

Testing for CWD is typically only performed after the animal’s death. DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, record keeping, disease testing, movement, and permit requirements.

To learn more about CWD click here.