The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has reported a white-tailed deer from a breeding farm in Marinette County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD.
The two-year-old doe with CES was born on a 230-acre farm and died during fawning. The farm has since been quarantined, meaning no animals may move in or out.
CWD is a disease in deer, elk, and moose that can be caused by an infectious protein that attacks the animal’s brain. However, testing for CWD can only be performed after the deer’s death. The doe’s history and movements on and off the farm will now be investigated to determine whether other herds may have been exposed to the CWD-positive deer.