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UPDATE: State names game farm where CWD found


MADISON (WAOW) – The game farm where a whitetail deer with chronic wasting disease was found is located near the border of Marathon and Shawano counties, the state Agriculture Department said Tuesday.

The five-year-old buck was killed in early November at a 351-acre game preserve owned by Wilderness Game Farm Inc. of Eland, said Raechelle Cline, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department.

We are not sure how it got the disease. We are trying to trace the animal's movements,” Cline said..

The preserve, home to about 370 deer, is in compliance with double fencing requirements, which are designed to protect wild deer from coming in contact with any disease issue, she said.

The owner of Wilderness Game Farm, which has offices in Stevens Point, did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

Cline said Wilderness Game Farm also owns three other properties that are used as breeding farms.

Chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal brain ailment in deer and elk, was first discovered in southern Wisconsin in February 2002. There is no evidence the disease can be spread to humans.

MADISON (WAOW) - A whitetail deer killed on a Marathon County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday.

The deer, a five-year-old buck killed Nov. 4, was the first deer to test positive for the disease in Marathon County and the first on a Wisconsin deer farm since October 2008, state Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw said in a statement.

The always-fatal brain disease in deer was first discovered in southern Wisconsin in February 2002. There is no evidence the disease can be spread to humans.

McGraw did not disclose where in Marathon County the diseased deer was killed but said it was one of about 370 deer in the 351-acre preserve.
Raechelle Cline, a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Department, did not immediately return a telephone message late Monday.

McGraw said the preserve and the other three registered farms "owned by the same entity" were quarantined to stop movement of live deer from the property.

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

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, which regulates wild deer in Wisconsin, 1,030 deer have been tested in Marathon County with no positive findings for CWD.

The disease has been found in wild deer in 18 counties, including Adams and Portage counties in central Wisconsin and Washburn County in northwest Wisconsin, the DNR said.

The Agriculture Department said 97 deer on nine different deer farms and hunting preserves in Wisconsin have tested positive for CWD since 2002, including 82 deer on a Portage County farm that was depopulated in 2006.

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