Chronic Wasting Disease

The state Natural Resources Board has approved changes to fencing requirements keeping deer contained in a deer preserve.

The board ok'd an emergency rule allowing farms not enrolled in the chronic wasting disease monitoring program to retain single fencing.

The changes come after the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection last week announced the Northwoods first confirmed case of CWD near Three Lakes. Currently, deer farm property owners who want to move deer must join Wisconsin's chronic wasting disease monitoring program.

State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw reported this week a white-tailed deer on an Oneida County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, reported the final test results back to the state.

The animal was a 3-year-old buck and was one of about 425 deer in the 570-acre preserve operating as Three Lakes Trophy Ranch LLC. The deer was born on the premises and shot in the preserve.

A DNR spokesperson says they have worked standard protocols to contain Chronic Wasting Disease from a deer at a farm south of Antigo.

81 deer from Wilderness Whitetails shooting preserve near Eland have been quarantined by the state. A five year old buck at the preserve tested positive for CWD after it was shot last November.

DNR Wildlife Section Chief Tami Ryan says they checked the fences at the farm at Eland and a related farm in Portage county and the fences were in good shape....