DNR: CWD-Infected Deer Migrated from North, Not South
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/08/2012
It was assumed that the northern Wisconsin deer that recently tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease may have migrated to the region from the southern part of the state. But new information from the Department of Natural Resources confirms the exact opposite.
A generic test of the animal shows that the deer came from the north and not from an area where the deadly disease is currently found.
On Monday, the agency said a lymph node from the female deer came from the same genetic stock tissue taken from other northern Wisconsin deer, including the Shell Lake area of Washburn County.
Last month, the DNR announced that a three-year-old deer from Washburn County that was shot last fall had tested positive for the deadly brain disease.
DNR officials say the discovery of the disease in Washburn County in April was a setback for deer hunting and the state's unsuccessful attempts to try to control the disease.