Deer Farm in Portage County Depopulated Because of CWD
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/13/2019
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture announced last week that a Portage County deer farm that tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease last fall was depopulated on May 1. Samples were taken from the remaining 30 deer and submitted to the National
Veterinary Services Laboratory for CWD testing. Of the 30 deer, six animals tested positive for CWD.
With the deer farm testing positive for CWD previously, the new positives will not change the approach for how the 11-acre property must be managed now that all of the deer are gone. The owner must clean the property, maintain fencing, and will not be able
to have any deer on the property for five years. After cleaning and disinfection are verified, the owner will receive compensation for the animals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its disease control effort for animals exposed to disease.
CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein called a prion that affects the animal's brain. Testing for CWD can only be performed after the animal's death.