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Baiting/feeding ban enacted after wild deer confirmed with chronic wasting disease

Posted at 5:08 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 18:08:29-05

TOWN OF POLK — The Wisconsin DNR confirms that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, in the Town of Polk in Washington County.

Per state law, the DNR will now enact a two-year ban on baiting and feeding in nearby Ozaukee County effective Jan. 5, 2021 and renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Washington County.

The infected deer was an adult buck harvested during the 2020 archery deer season. It was tested as part of the DNR’s disease surveillance efforts.

This is the first wild deer detection in Washington County, the DNR says.

CWD is a fatal, infectious nervous system disease in deer, moose, elk and reindeer/caribou.

For more information on CWD in Wisconsin, head to the DNR's website here.

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