A white-tailed deer on an Oconto County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, reported the final test results last week.
State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw says the animal was an 18 month old female and was one of more than an estimated 1,450 deer in the 1,360-acre preserve. The deer was born on the premises and killed on the preserve.
More than 1,000 deer from this preserve have been tested for CWD since 2010.
The DATCP animal health division’s investigation will look at animal movement records, but since the deer was born on the preserve, there will not be any trace back investigations of any other herds.