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....
"....one of the things we're really interested in doing is learning more this spring whether this is just a spark or if many more deer are infected. One of the things that has happened is baiting and feeding has been banned for Oneida county as well as Lincoln and Langlade counties for sure for the next 2-3 years as a result of this positive....."
The deer was discovered close to the Lincoln-Oneida county line...
"...because it's so close to Oneida county, what we learn along the (Wisconsin) river may have an impact in the future, but right now Oneida county is under a baiting and feeding ban for at least the next couple of years...."
A CWD positive deer was found at Three Lakes in 2015. A baiting and feeding ban has been ongoing in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties since January 11, 2016.
The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Tomahawk High School cafeteria..