Officials placed two Wisconsin deer facilities on lockdown after discovering chronic wasting disease in a deceased deer.
The buck died at the Tamarack Elk and Deer Farm in Kewaskum and subsequently tested positive for the disease Feb. 15. The buck sustained an injury during a fight, which officials believe caused its death. This is the first sign of CWD in Washington County, causing anxiety within the deer hunting community.
Likewise, 300 miles away in northwestern Wisconsin, a 385-acre, fenced property called Copper Hills contained 22 deer. And, that deer herd were previously transported from Tamarack Elk and Deer Farm in December and January.
Dirk and Jane Stolz, of Kewaskum, own both properties. Due to the increased concerns of the disease spreading, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection quarantined the property for CWD testing. Animals can’t be moved off the property.
A 10-foot-high fence now encapsulates the property, which is zoned for agriculture. However, Bayfield County officials requested the DATCP get rid of the animals at Copper Hills.
However, DATCP will not make any decisions on moving the animals until epidemiological evaluations are complete. The state has now discovered the disease in 29 of its 72 counties, but Bayfield isn’t one of them.
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