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DNR teams up with hunters in an attempt to stop deadly disease in deerSubmitted: 11/15/2018
Story By Erin Beu

DNR teams up with hunters in an attempt to stop deadly disease in deer
NORTHWOODS -  "This is a new thing for everybody," said DNR Deer Biologist Curt Rollman when talking about Chronic Wasting Disease.

He said the DNR deer needs some extra help this gun deer season.

"Last year in deer hunting season we had one deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease," said Rollman.

That deer was shot in northeast Lincoln County near Camp 10 Ski Hill.

Another deer with CWD was found less than two miles away in Oneida County during a special hunt in March. And one was found Thursday in Portage County.

Chronic Wasting disease or CWD is a deadly disease in the deer population.

"The DNR[ wants to start] working [with hunters] to see what this disease is all about in the Northwoods," said Rollman.


Rollman is asking hunters to donate their deer heads for research so experts can test the animal's brain for CWD.

Oneida County Conservation Congress Delegate Krystal Westfahl says most deer don't show any signs of CWD in the early stages.

"You see a deer walking in the woods you really won't know if that deer is a carrier," said Westfahl. "The DNR will be able to tell right away of the deer has contracted it."

Rollman said you should want to test your deer for CWD because there could be risks related to eating the diseased meat.

"The risk is not zero," said Rollman.

There will be deer head drop-off sites placed throughout the Northwoods.
Click the link below to find a location near you.




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