Sunday, February 5th, 2023
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Second CWD-positive deer found in Wisconsin's Portage County

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. — A deer shot by a bowhunter in southeast Portage County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. This is the second CWD-positive wild deer found in the county.

Wildlife biologists in central Wisconsin now are asking bowhunters to assist with increased surveillance for the disease in four areas where positives have been confirmed outside the CWD Management Zone.

“Last fall CWD was discovered for the first time in three wild, white-tailed deer in Adams, Juneau, and Portage counties,” said Kris Johansen, DNR area wildlife supervisor. “Now we have a second positive in a different area of Portage County. To better define the geographic extent of CWD in central Wisconsin, we are focusing additional surveillance around each of these four locations.”

The latest CWD positive deer was shot Oct. 6 just northwest of Almond in Portage County.

To view where the surveillance focus areas are located, hunters may go to the DNR website and enter “CWD registration” in the keyword search, then click on “CWD registration and sampling.” Maps show the precise location of these surveillance circles for the first three positives, the ones in Adams and Juneau counties, and the first find in Portage County, located in the northwest corner of the county.

There is also a map showing the two Portage County locations. A new map, showing the surveillance area for the fourth positive, in southeast Portage County, will be added to the web page as soon as it is prepared.

This page also links to a list of taxidermists and meat processors where samples can be collected.

The DNR is asking hunters to work with these cooperators to have head and lymph node samples from adult deer – harvested within the four focus areas – removed for testing. To have the sample removed, the hunter can bring the whole deer to one of the cooperators or just remove the head with at least three inches of neck attached and bring that in for sampling.

“Please call ahead to set up an appointment,” Johansen said. “These are private business operators who are helping us out, and we want to respect their time and their schedules.”

A list of cooperating businesses is available on the DNR website.

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