Another CWD-positive deer found on Wisconsin game farm – first one in Oneida County
Details are sketchy yet, but what is known is that one white-tailed deer on an Oneida County hunting preserve believed to be in the Three Lakes area tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw, who made that announcement the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 3.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) had not released the site or name of the game farm as of Friday, Dec. 4.
According to a DATCP press statement, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, reported the final test results back to the state. The animal was a 3-year-old male and was one of about 425 deer in the 570-acre preserve.
McGraw said the deer was born on the game farm and was shot on the property. Samples were taken in accordance with DATCP’s rules, which require testing of farm-raised deer and elk when they die, go to slaughter or are killed.
Also on Friday, Dec. 3, the DNR’s Tom Hauge said this new CWD discovery will lead to a deer baiting and feeding ban in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties. If that’s the case, then the game farm is located in northeastern Oneida County close proximity to Vilas and Forest counties.
According to the statement, the game farm will be allowed to continue offering deer hunts on the quarantined property as long as DATCP protocols are followed.