Emergency action will provide time to understand connections between known CWD-positive farms and identify and prevent transfer from potentially exposed herds, agency says.
The farm where CWD was detected reportedly sold nearly 400 deer to 40 farms in seven states during the past five years.
Amendment that would have banned new deer farms in state of Minnesota failed last week on a 29-36 vote in state Senate.
Emergency action meant to provide time to understand connections between known CWD-positive farms and preventing additional transfers from potentially exposed farms.
The ongoing chronic wasting disease investigation of farms tied to the Douglas County detection first reported in December 2019 has led to a CWD-confirmed doe on a Pine County farm. The herd in Pine County was being investigated because it provided animals to the Douglas County herd in the past, including the CWD positive doe that initiated the disease investigation.
As of July, baiting and feeding of deer will be prohibited in 43 Wisconsin counties, including the additions of Marinette and Florence.
Deer farmers would have three options for enhanced fencing, movement of live deer from CWD counties would be banned, and hunters would have to bone out carcasses in CWD counties or take carcasses directly to processors or taxidermists.
Two big news items! The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor released a long-awaited deer report today. And during the next five days, multiple events will highlight sportsmen support for public lands.
Given no deer with CWD were found in north-central and central Minnesota, the DNR will narrow surveillance next fall to areas closer to the farms where CWD was detected. A fourth precautionary surveillance area will be added in fall 2018 in Winona County because CWD recently was detected in captive deer there.
CWD was also detected in a 3-year-old white-tailed buck last month at the deer farm.