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Buck tests positive for chronic wasting disease in Adams Co.

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DNR officials say Chronic Wasting Disease was first confirmed in Wisconsin in the early 2000's.

"It basically makes holes in the brain of the deer and ends in ultimately death for the animal," said DNR Wildlife Supervisor Kris Johansen.

Now, there are new concerns after a 3-year-old buck was found infected in north-central Adams County. The DNR said the buck was harvested in early November, just 40 miles north of the nearest known C.W.D. positive wild deer and 25 miles from an infected former deer farm.

"It has been slowly spreading north and west and that was one of the reasons we had been doing what we call weighted surveillance in this area," said Johansen.

Adams County DNR officials said they've gathered more than 70 samples this season from six stations.

"We're going to continue the surveillance and we'll be involving the public in our plans for the future," said Johansen.

Although word of the first positive test has some hunters concerned, not everyone is jumping the gun.

Bart Lucier has been hunting for 38 years and he runs his own taxidermy business in Big Flats.

"Nobody's ever contracted any problems from it that I know of, there's never been any issues with humans, it does some damage to the deer population from what I understand, but it's not an issue," said Lucier.

He said there's still a lot to learn about the disease before getting worked up.

"It's not going to stop me and that's the way it is," said Lucier.

"If the animal is sick, don't eat it," said Johansen.

DNR officials said they've focused on older bucks in their testing, which are more prone to get the disease.

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