MADISON - The state Department of Natural Resources says a little more than 7 percent of deer tested last year were infected with chronic wasting disease.
Data on the DNR's website shows 441 of 6,039 deer analyzed tested positive for the disease, a prevalence rate of 7.3 percent.
The prevalence rate in 2015 was 9.4 percent, the highest rate since the disease was discovered in Wisconsin in 2002. Only 3,138 deer were analyzed that year, however. The prevalence rate in 2014 was 6 percent with 5,469 deer tested.
Since the disease was discovered in Wisconsin, 199,812 deer have been tested with 3,575 positives, a prevalence rate of 1.7 percent.
The DNR is currently revising its long-term CWD plan, which isn't expected to be finished until at least December.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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