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Lincoln County CWD Case Results in New Baiting, Feeding Bans
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/23/2018

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has enacted new baiting and feeding bans for Lincoln and Langlade Counties after a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease in northeast Lincoln County.

DNR officials say the two-year-old buck harvested south of Rhinelander and is the first confirmed positive deer in the county since the agency started tracking the disease in 2002.

"This latest discovery is troublesome and is something we take very seriously," said DNR Secretary Dan Meyer. "We will start a dialogue with the local community through the County Deer Advisory Council on what steps should be taken next. While there is no silver bullet remedy to eradicate CWD, we have learned from experience that having the local community involved is a key factor in managing this disease."

DNR officials say the bans will become effective on February 1, and will remain intact for three years. Langlade County is within 10 miles of the Lincoln County positive wild deer, and due to being adjacent to a county with a CWD positive test result, a two-year ban will be enacted for hunters and landowners in that area.

Oneida county is already under baiting and feeding bans.

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