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Ranch with locations in Shawano, Waupaca counties quarantined for CWD

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SHAWANO COUNTY (WLUK) -- A hunting ranch with locations in Shawano and Waupaca counties has been put under quarantine after a deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says the deer was shot at Comet Creek Whitetails near Tigerton. A lab in Iowa confirmed the positive test for CWD. DATCP rules require deer and elk raised on farms to be tested when they die or are killed.

The 3-year-old buck was among 245 deer reported to be on the 481-acre ranch, according to the owner's most recent registration with state officials. It was born at Wilderness Game Farm, Inc., in Rosholt in 2014, and transferred to Shawano County in 2015. DATCP says Wilderness Game Farm was previously under quarantine.

Comet Creek Whitetails' location in Waupaca County was also put under quarantine because it is owned by the same people as the Shawano County location, DATCP says.

The quarantine allows deer to be moved from the breeding farm to the ranch and to slaughter, but prevents live deer from being moved anywhere else. Hunts will still be allowed on the quarantined ranch. DATCP maintains that dead deer that are handled properly do not pose a disease risk.

DATCP says it will investigate the deer's history and trace movements of the deer onto and off the property to determine whether other herds have been exposed to the animal.

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