Chronic Wasting Disease

May 2, Governor Walker announced a series of emergency rules to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin. Some said the rules were a campaign ploy, others in his own political party felt the rules went too far.

Monday, the legislature's Rules committee, led by Republicans, held a hearing to see what could be done to modify those rules. The Natural Resources Board had approved the changes. The Rules committee can modify the board's actions. Deer farm owners don't like the cost of the mandated additional fencing.

Wisconsin DNR

The DNR is hoping for a large hunter response to check on the prevalance of Chronic Wasting Disease in Lincoln, Forest and Oneida counties. Deer will be sampled in northern Lincoln, northern Langlade and southern Oneida counties and Forest county after the detection of CWD in two wild deer along the Oneida/Lincoln county line.

Deer in eastern Oneida, southern Vilas and western Forest counties will continue to be sampled after a positive CWD-diagnosis on a captive deer farm in Three Lakes.

DNR wildlife biologist Janet Brehm  gives us an overview and how hunters can help...

Wisconsin DNR

Deer hunting seasons begin this weekend with archery and crossbow seasons, and the DNR reminds hunters who harvest deer to have adult deer tested for chronic wasting disease especially in areas affected by CWD like the Northwoods.

DNR wildlife health section chief Tami Ryan says they hope hunters submit the samples from their harvested deer….

Wisconsin DNR

The discovery of CWD infected deer in Lincoln and Oneida counties has prompted the DNR to hold a public meeting Wednesday in Tomahawk to discuss what that means for hunters and others.

DNR staff, along with Lincoln, Oneida, and Langlade County Deer Advisory Councils will host that meeting. DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Chuck McCullough  says the positive CWD deer were found in the town of Harrison in Lincoln county, and the town of Crescent in Oneida county. He says they will discuss the extent of the disease on the landscape.

The state Natural Resources Board passed an emergency rule this week addressing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. The new rule impacts how hunters handle their deer kills and how game farms operate.

55 of the state's 72 counties now have special hunting rules because diseased deer were found in or near their counties. The new rules impact deer farms by requiring more fencing. The business must install a second 8-foot-tall fence or a solid barrier that is at least 8 feet if a sick deer has been found on the property.

The most recent detection of a CWD wild deer in Oneida county, and another deer near the Oneida-Lincoln county line weeks before, has prompted Governor Walker to hint at a more aggressive effort to combat a disease that some say is difficult to stop.

Stopping in Rhinelander on Monday, Governor Walker told reporters he and DNR Secretary Dan Meyer will be offering more ideas at the upcoming Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting.... 

National Park Service

The DNR has confirmed that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Oneida County, in the town of Crescent.

As required by law, this finding renews Oneida County's existing baiting and feeding ban for another three years. Additionally, this positive will renew the two-year baiting and feeding ban in Langlade County

Wisconsin DNR

The finding of a CWD-positive deer in Lincoln county will be the focus of a DNR sponsored meeting tonight(2-21-2018) in Tomahawk.

DNR Wildlife Supervisor Chuck McCullough says the deer was found in the town of Harrison. He says the meeting will discuss the status of CWD in the state, how did they find the Lincoln county deer, what has been done to date and what are the next steps going to be.

McCullough says they don't yet know how this discovery will impact hunting....

Wisconsin State Lab Ramps Up For CWD Testing

Nov 21, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - With the nine-day gun deer hunt now under way in Wisconsin, it's expected half a million hunters will take to the woods.

With the bow hunting season for deer underway and the gun hunting season approaching, the DNR is again asking for businesses and hunters to help out by donating deer heads to test for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The efforts are in response to finding CWD in a deer harvested from a Three Lakes preserve in 2015.

Wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz in Rhinelander says following the discovery, special deer rules are in effect in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties....

Wisconsin DNR

Legislative changes to Wisconsin's deer baiting and feeding ban can be viewed through the DNR website to check where things have changed.

DNR Section Chief Tami Ryan says before taking part in upcoming hunting seasons or placing feed for wildlife, hunters and wildlife watchers should be sure to check which counties currently prohibit wildlife baiting and feeding activities.

Wisconsin DNR

The scope of Chronic Wasting Disease among mainly white-tailed deer was the focus of a forum last week in Mole Lake.

The forum was sponsored by the Mole Lake Sokaogon Chippewa Community. A presenter was DNR Wildlife Management Bureau Director Eric Lobner. He outlined the disease spread since it was first discovered in southwestern Wisconsin 15 years ago. He says they've collected more than 200,000 samples in that time. He says the vast majority of the positive samples have been in southern Wisconsin with five samples testing positive in central and with one in Washburn county.

Wisconsin DNR

Chronic Wasting Disease is a major threat to Wisconsin's deer herd. Within the last two years it was discovered for the first time in this area. It has confounded researchers looking for a way to deal with it.

Prions are abnormal, pathogenic agents that are transmissible and are able to induce abnormal folding of specific normal cellular proteins called prion proteins that are found most abundantly in the brain. Unlike bacteria, for example, prions don't have the stuff that medicine can attack to cure.

Wisconsin DNR

Two Democrats have authored a bill to clamp down on deer farm protections to help prevent wider spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

State Representatives Dana Wachs and Nick Milroy introduced the “Save Our Deer” Act. The proposal would help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease from infected deer farms in Wisconsin.

Dana Wachs says the entire state deer herd is in jeopardy and the bill is designed to slow down the spread of CWD while scientist work on the disease...

Wisconsin DNR

So far, so good after the first full hunting seasons in the Northwoods after the DNR discovered Chronic Wasting Disease at a deer farm in Three Lakes in 2015.

DNR Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz gives results after the testing....

"....the good news is of all the samples we've analyzed for the last deer season, we've had zero positive tests in the wild. Every single test we've submitted has been negative for the 2016 deer season...."