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Deer Tests Positive for CWD at Shawano Co. Game Ranch
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/04/2017

A white-tailed deer from a hunting ranch in Shawano County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw announced that the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the test results this week.

The three-year-old buck was one of about 245 deer reported to be on the 480-acre game operation. The deer was born on a Wilderness Game Farm, Inc. breeding facility in May 2014 and transferred to the hunting ranch in Shawano County in September 2015.

McGraw says samples were taken from the deer in accordance with state rules, which require testing of farm-raised deer and elk when they die or are killed.

The Shawano County herd has since been quarantined, along with a related breeding farm in Waupaca County. Those businesses will be allowed to conduct hunts on the quarantined ranch because properly handled dead animals leaving the premises do not pose a disease risk.

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