State quarantines deer, elk farms after CWD positives

Deer infected with chronic wasting disease. (Photo courtesy Wisconsin DNR)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State officials have quarantined a deer farm and an elk farm after animals on both properties tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the quarantines Friday. The agency said in a news release that the National Veterinary Laboratory confirmed Thursday that a 15-year-old whitetail doe and a 2-year-old elk cow tested positive.

The deer farm is located in Dane and registered to Brad Madigan. The elk farm, registered as Burton Buck Creek Elk, is in Richland Center.

DATCP spokeswoman Leeann Duwe says the agency doesn't know how the animals contracted the disease.

The release said the deer farm has been double-fenced since 2009. The elk farm hasn't purchased or sold any elk in five years.

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