Iowa County is the latest location of a CWD case in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin State Journal has reported news of a chronic wasting disease (CWD) case in Iowa County, but the deer was part of a captive 15-head herd used for public exhibition that’s located at a farm that was already quarantined.
The Iowa County farm’s deer don’t move anywhere other than to be slaughtered, so the level of alert isn’t as high as it would be if CWD were found in a wild deer.
All the same, a positive test for CWD indicates an on-going problem with deer, and problems could always arise if precautions were ignored.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) said the two-year-old buck was already dispatched when the test was taken. Further investigations will fill the DATCP in on the deer’s history and track any connections that could cause problems.
Last December, Wisconsin passed a rule that allowed deer farms to opt out of the CWD testing system.