Although more deer have tested positive for CWD at a farm in Washington County, deer sourced from the farm to Bayfield County did not test positive for the disease.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed Dec. 10 that 11 additional animals from a deer farm in Washington County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The tests were done on the farm's remaining whitetail deer and elk, which were killed Nov. 15.
Since the farm was quarantined in March, 44 whitetail deer and 16 elk from the farm have been tested for CWD. CWD is a fatal disease of deer, elk and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal's brain.
In April, state and federal officials killed 23 deer on a Bayfield County deer farm. The animals had been transferred from the affected Washington County farm before CWD was detected there. All but one of the deer from the Copper Hills Hunting Preserve in Oulu were tested for CWD; none tested positive for the disease. The other deer was not age eligible to be tested, according to Leeann Duwe with DATCP.
At this point, all deer have been removed from the Bayfield County deer farm and there is a herd plan in place that prevents the owners from adding deer to the facility for five years, Duwe said.