EAU CLAIRE Co., Wis. (WFRV)- On Tuesday, November 9, Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) released information regarding a deer testing positive for chronic waste disease (CWD).
Test results confirming the discovery of the disease were done by the National Veterinary Service Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.
The 3-year-old white-tailed deer came from an Eau Claire County hunt ranch. The herd of about 15 deer is currently under quarantine, according to the release. An epidemiological investigation is currently being done by both the DATCP with assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The ranch has confirmed that the deer was received from a deer farm in Waukesha County, which has also been placed under quarantine.
Throughout this year, the DATCP has reported multiple CWD cases appearing at different deer ranches throughout the state. In the month of September, two different outbreaks of CWD were reported. A doe in Langlade County of about 57 deer ranch tested positive, and then the next day another doe was confirmed to have CWD at a ranch in Outagamie County. During the month of October, the DNR expanded a baiting and feeding ban in Fond du Lac County when a wild deer in Eldorado was discovered with CWD.
CWD is a neurological disease that is fatal to deer, elk, and moose alike. It is caused by an infectious protein referred to as “prion” affecting the animal’s brain. Authorities explain that typically, testing for CWD is usually done after the animal’s death.