Deer Killed in Portage County CWD Discovery

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Corey Graff
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Deer Killed in Portage County CWD Discovery

Postby Corey Graff » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:28 am

The associated press is reporting quick response by Wisconsin DNR officials to an outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) that was discovered on a Portage County game farm.

"Dozens of white-tailed deer on a hunting preserve in Portage County have been killed after one of them tested positive for chronic wasting disease," the story reported.

"The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Tuesday that a 7-year-old doe shot in September at Alligator Creek Whitetails LLC near Junction City had the fatal brain disease. State rules require that farm-raised deer be tested for CWD when killed.

Officials negotiated with the herd owner on the destruction of the herd, and 64 deer were shot from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18. Tissue samples were taken for CWD testing.

The property is being monitored to make sure no deer remain.

The site must be kept fenced for five years to keep wild deer out, with no stocking of deer or elk.

Areas of heavy deer traffic will have topsoil removed and replaced in an attempt to reduce any risk of contamination.

The deer that tested positive was raised on the site and had no ties to any other deer farm.

Officials said the preserve was placed under quarantine when the positive test result was reported Oct. 9, preventing any live deer from being moved on or off the property.

The owner is to receive payments for a portion of the herd's appraised value.

There had not been a CWD-infected herd found in Wisconsin since January 2005."

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

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