Chronic Wasting Disease

Wisconsin DNR

So far, so good after the first full hunting seasons in the Northwoods after the DNR discovered Chronic Wasting Disease at a deer farm in Three Lakes in 2015.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz gives results after the testing....

"....the good news is of all the samples we've analyzed for the last deer season, we've had zero positive tests in the wild. Every single test we've submitted has been negative for the 2016 deer season...."

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The DNR plans to present final revisions to the state's long-term chronic wasting disease plan to the Natural Resources Board in December.

A stakeholder committee has developed more than 60 adjustments to the existing 15-year plan. State D-N-R Big Game Section Chief Bob Nack told the Board last week 17 stakeholders were involved in the recent updating of the plan..

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A state advisory group has recommended about 60 ideas for renewing Wisconsin's fight against chronic wasting disease in the deer herd.

The panel completed four months of work by making its final proposals Wednesday.

DNR Big Game leader Bob Nack says the goals of the group are lofty...

"....the goal of the plan is to reduce the spread of CWD and to reduce the number of deer testing positive for CWD. That's a lofty goal I think the action items proposed here are the best effort we have to achieve that...."

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County Deer Advisory Councils will hold special meetings in January to respond to chronic wasting disease statewide and on a local level.

DNR big game section chief Bob Nack says the local deer councils will be providing feedback on the 15 year plan..

"....and the discussions they are going to hold are based on preliminary discussions we have received from a CWD Response Plan review committee, consisting of agencies and organizations that have a keen interest on CWD in the state..."

With the discovery of chronic wasting disease here and gun hunting deer season in three Northwoods counties completed, the DNR is seeking public input on a 15 year chronic wasting disease plan.

Over the past few months the DNR, several agencies and groups have been talking about the plan.

DNR wildlife biologist Michele Woodford in Woodruff outlines the areas where they are looking for feedback...

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The DNR is again asking successful Northwoods deer hunters to help them out to track Chronic Wasting Disease.

Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties will see DNR staff will be sampling deer in those counties in addition to Oconto county in areas around two CWD-positive captive deer facilities.

Wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says the Northwoods CWD problem is new and they would like hunters to help with the study...

The 2016 archery and crossbow deer seasons run concurrently statewide beginning September 17, and a DNR biologist says hunters in this area will face new restrictions after deer with Chronic Wasting Disease were found near Three Lakes.

After the discovery of the diseased deer, restrictions on baiting and feeding were put in place in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.

Biologist Jeremy Holtz says both property owners and hunters have new rules...

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....