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A white-tailed deer on an Oconto County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw announced.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, IA, reported the final test results back to the state. The animal was an 18 month old female and was one of more than an estimated 1,450 deer in the 1,363-acre preserve.

The deer was born on the premises and killed on the preserve. Samples were taken in accordance with Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP’s) rules, which require testing of farm-raised deer and elk when they die, go to slaughter or are killed. More than 1,000 deer from this preserve have been tested for CWD since 2010.

The sample originally tested positive at a regional laboratory and required a confirmatory test at the NVSL.  The DATCP Animal Health Division’s investigation will look at animal movement records, but since the deer was born on the preserve, there will not be any trace back investigations of any other herds.

The business will be allowed to conduct hunts on the quarantined preserve, because properly handled dead animals leaving the premises do not pose a disease risk.

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