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Hunters Encouraged to Have Deer Tested for CWD
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/07/2018

With deer season now in full swing, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is reminding hunters who harvest adult deer to have those animals tested for chronic wasting disease.

DNR staff continue to employ disease surveillance objectives statewide and will continue to sample deer within the Southern Farmland Zone and at select locations in other CWD-affected counties. Surveillance will also expand to all 19 counties of the DNR West Central District and parts of northern Wisconsin.

No targeted surveillance will occur in the four-county surveillance area surrounding the Washburn County CWD positive area due to no additional positives being detected during six consecutive years of surveillance since 2012. However, hunters will still have opportunities to have their adult deer tested within this four-county area through hunter service requests and self-service options. Self-service kiosks are available 24/7 for hunters to drop off a deer head to be tested for CWD. Hunters can find kiosk locations by searching the DNR website for CWD sampling, then click on the link for sampling/registration station database, and choosing "self-service kiosk" in the drop down menu under "Station Type."

New for this deer season is the opportunity for local individuals or groups to "Adopt a Kiosk." The goals of the Adopt-a-Kiosk program are to increase CWD sample numbers, improve ease of access and enhance CWD sample submission options for hunters in the world of electronic registration. The program also provides an opportunity for conservation groups or individuals to assist the DNR in its CWD surveillance efforts, and in fact, it is because of this interest that the Adopt-a-Kiosk program originated.

If hunters choose to have their deer CWD tested through cooperating meet processor or taxidermist rather than using a self-service kiosk, they are reminded to contact sampling stations in advance to verify hours of operation and that CWD surveillance efforts focus on testing adult deer, since older deer are more likely to have the disease.

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