DATCP: Buck at Oneida County deer farm tests positive for CWD
For the Tomahawk Leader
ONEIDA COUNTY – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), on Wednesday, Nov. 8, said it had confirmed that an Oneida County deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
The result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.
DATCP said the positive result came from a four-year-old white-tailed buck.
“The farm has been placed under quarantine, where it will remain while DATCP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarians and staff conduct the epidemiological investigation,” DATCP stated.
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. DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement, and permit requirements.