A genetic examination of a northern Wisconsin deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease revealed that it came from the north – not from southern Wisconsin, where the deadly wildlife malady is now found, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The finding is stumping state wildlife officials about how the 3½-year-old doe contracted the disease. And it raises more questions about the extent of chronic wasting disease across the state, the report said:
The discovery pushed the latest positive in the wild 186 miles to the northwest of the previous outlier in Sauk County.
The genetic finding, the DNR says, means the deer did not inexplicably find its way from known disease areas in the southern part of the state.
Tami Ryan, wildlife health section chief with the DNR, said it also confirmed that the agency didn’t mix up results at some point, somehow producing a positive test with a deer from southern Wisconsin.
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Here is our original report on the finding of the doe near Shell Lake.
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