DATCP confirms positive CWD disease at Forest County hunting ranch

    Chronic wasting disease pamphlet from Wisconsin DNR, November 9, 2018 (WLUK/Eric Peterson)

    FOREST COUNTY (WLUK) -- The National Veterinary Services Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says a whitetail tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The buck resided on a hunting ranch in Forest County.

    The six-year-old whitetail was born on a Marinette County breeding farm and hunt ranch in 2014. The farm was quarantined since June 2018 because the breeding farm tested positive for CWD. Both locations were registered by the same owner.

    DATCP's Division of Animal Health is now working with the Forest County's farm owner to see if further plans are needed.

    CWD (chronic wasting disease) is caused by a protein affecting the animal's brain. Testing for the disease can only be completed after the animal dies.

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