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Pair of Deer Test Positive for CWD in Waupaca County
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/23/2017

Two male white-tailed deer from a hunting ranch in Waupaca County have 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 last week.

State animal health officials say the bucks, where were ages two and three years, were part of the 40 deer reported to be on the 84-acre property. One of the animals was killed by a hunter, while the other had been euthanized due to an injury. Neither deer showed clinical signs of CWD prior to their deaths.

McGraw has since quarantined three other deer farms owned by the same entity. That allows movement of deer between ranches and to slaughter, but stops movement of live deer to anywhere else. The business will also be allowed to conduct hunts on the quarantined ranches because properly handled dead animals leaving the premises do not pose a disease risk.

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