Deer killed on Oconto County hunting preserve tests positive for CWD


OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A white-tailed deer on an Oconto County hunting preserve tested positive for chronic wasting disease, or CWD. The business was not identified.

State Veterinarian Paul McGraw said samples were taken from the 18-month-old doe during routine testing after it was killed. The testing is mandatory for farm-raised deer and elk when they’re killed, die, or go to slaughter.

The sample tested positive at a regional laboratory, so samples were sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa for confirmation.

McGraw says the deer was born on the hunting preserve and lived with about 1,450 deer on 1,363 acres.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the hunting preserve is quarantined but can continue having hunts, since there’s no disease risk if the dead animals are properly handled.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released this statement:

DNR is aware of the situation and wildlife biologists from around the state will meet on Monday to discuss what action will be taken, including discussions on potentially implementing a deer baiting and feeding ban in Oconto County and how DNR staff will conduct a sampling of wild deer harvested in areas around the game preserve to test for CWD.”

-Jeff Pritzl, DNR Regional Wildlife Biologist