Doe at Langlade County deer farm tests positive for CWD
For the Tomahawk Leader
LANGLADE COUNTY – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) on Wednesday, Sept. 1 announced that a deer farm in Langlade County tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
According to a release, a positive sample from a one-year-old doe was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. All 57 deer at the six-acre farm were already under quarantine after receiving animals from a CWD affected farm.
“The herd will remain under quarantine while an epidemiological investigation is conducted by DATCP and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarians and staff,” DATCP said.
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, and testing for CWD is typically only performed after the animal’s death.
DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement and permit requirements.
For more information about CWD, visit www.bit.ly/3t8ziso.
To learn more about DATCP’s farm-raised deer program, visit www.bit.ly/38EaGxT.