MADISON — No chronic wasting disease was found among whitetail deer destroyed on a Sauk County farm after one of their herdmates tested positive for the disease in October, State Veterinarian Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt said today.
The 2-year-old buck that tested positive was one of only four deer on the farm. The remaining 2-year-old doe and two fawns were killed for testing Nov. 4 and samples sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. Results came back Nov. 17.
William Hetzel, of Hill Point in Bear Creek Township, owned the deer. The positive deer had died from digestive problems Oct. 1 and was tested routinely as the law requires.
Hetzel told authorities he found the buck as an orphaned fawn near White Mound County Park in Sauk County. Both his farm and the park lie within the Department of Natural Resources herd management zone, which surrounds the CWD disease eradication zone.
Hetzel will receive indemnity payments for the three deer killed for testing. He will be required to burn or bury all feed, bedding, manure and wooden feed troughs used by the deer. He also must clean all organic material from metal, concrete or plastic items that came in contact with the animals. DATCP staff will then disinfect those articles with a strong chlorine bleach solution. In areas or heavy animal traffic, the owner will need to scrape off and bury 2 inches of topsoil and replace it. He will be allowed to restock deer after one year. He can keep other livestock that are not susceptible to CWD.
To date, 11 farm-raised animals in Wisconsin have tested positive for CWD on four farms. One of the infected animals was an elk; the rest have been whitetail deer. Currently 16 herds are under quarantine: seven connected with on-farm CWD cases in Portage and Walworth counties; two that received animals from a herd in Minnesota later found to be infected; and seven that are within the Department of Natural Resources CWD eradication zone.