Northern CWD test results being releasedThe first results of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin are being released this week.
By: Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
The first results of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin are being released this week. Many of the results are coming from Ashland and Bayfield Counties because of the concern that CWD might spread to far northern Wisconsin. But so far, all 143 deer tested show no signs of CWD.
A false positive test of a deer shot on a Bayfield County deer farm made it appear CWD had jumped from south central Wisconsin to the far north. A final test showed no chronic wasting disease but the Department of Natural Resources went ahead with plans to collect deer samples from hunters.
State CWD Coordinator Davin Lopez was in Ashland for the opening of the gun-deer season last month. He says they only had one person who wasn’t interested in giving the lymph nodes at the station he was at. Overall, collectors got 49 samples over two days.
Scott Posner of Washburn contributed a sample from his eight point buck. He says people in the Bayfield/Ashland County areas are keeping their fingers crossed.
“Nobody wants to see CWD expand into their hunting area, and of course we’re quite a ways from the core of the CWD infections (in southern Wisconsin) and we want to keep it that way.”
Almost 200 samples were taken from a ten-mile radius around Ashland. Lopez says that’s enough for a statistically accurate finding of whether or not CWD is up north.
In all, he expects to get 8,000 samples from the lymph nodes of deer.
The first results have come up negative, with sampling from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Madison to go on through January.