For first time, CWD confirmed in Wood County wild deer
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR confirms the first wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in southern Wood County in the Town of Port Edwards, within ten miles of Juneau and Adams counties.
As required by state law, the DNR will renew the baiting and feeding bans in Wood, Juneau and Adams counties.
The CWD-positive deer was an adult buck harvested during the 2020 gun deer season and tested as part of the department’s disease surveillance efforts. State law requires that the DNR enact a ban on the 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. Because the deer was harvested within 10 miles of Juneau and Adams counties, bans in those counties will also be renewed.
The DNR will continue surveillance near the CWD positive detection location. Collecting CWD samples is important for assessing where and to what extent CWD occurs in deer across the state.
As always, successful CWD management depends in part on citizen involvement in the decision-making process through local County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC).
The upcoming Wood County CDAC meeting to discuss deer population objectives will include additional information on the new CWD detection. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21.