For first time, CWD crops up in wild deer in Marathon County
WAUSAU, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirms a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Marathon County. The CWD-positive deer was an adult deer harvested in the Reid Township during the 2019 antlerless deer hunting season and was tested as part of the DNR’s disease surveillance efforts. This is the first wild deer that tested positive for CWD in Marathon County, and its location is also within 10 miles of adjacent Shawano, Portage and Waupaca counties.
State law requires that the DNR enact a ban on baiting and feeding of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a wild or farm-raised deer that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis. Marathon, Shawano, Portage and Waupaca counties are already identified as CWD-affected counties and already have baiting and feeding bans in place. As required by law, this new CWD-positive detection will renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Marathon County and a two-year ban in Waupaca County. A recent CWD positive detection in a wild deer in Portage County will renew a three-year ban for that county. Shawano County had a farm-raised deer CWD-positive detection last fall, which renewed a three-year ban for that county.
“We are committed to working closely with local communities, including the citizen-based County Deer Advisory Councils as we explore future management options for this disease in Marathon and the surrounding counties,” said Ryan Haffele, DNR wildlife area supervisor. “We have had a concerted effort to sample in this area since 2014 following the detection of CWD in a captive deer herd.”
Also, the DNR confirms that a wild deer tested positive in Buffalo Township in Marquette County. The CWD-positive deer was an adult doe harvested during the 2019 nine-day gun deer season and was tested as part of the DNR’s disease surveillance efforts. This is the second wild deer that tested positive for CWD in Marquette County, and its location is also within 10 miles of adjacent Green Lake and Columbia counties. The first detection was during the 2018 deer season.