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Wild deer tests positive for CWD in Marathon County; bait and feed ban renewedSubmitted: 01/25/2020
Wild deer tests positive for CWD in Marathon County; bait and feed ban renewed
Story By Newswatch 12 Team

MARATHON COUNTY - For the first time, a wild deer in Marathon Co. has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

CWD is a fatal, infectious nervous system disease of deer, moose, elk and reindeer.

In a media release Thursday, the DNR explains the infected animal was an adult harvested in the Town of Reid during the 2019 antlerless deer hunting season. The release goes on to say the deer was tested as part of the DNR's disease surveillance efforts.

The deer was reportedly found within 10 miles of adjacent Shawano, Portage and Waupaca counties.

State law requires the DNR enact a ban on baiting and feeding of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of CWD-positive animal.

Marathon, Shawano, Portage and Waupaca counties are already identified as CWD-affected counties and already have baiting and feeding bans in place. Nevertheless, the DNR announced it will renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Marathon Co. and a two-year ban in Waupaca Co.

A recent CWD positive detection in a wild deer in Portage Co. will renew a three-year ban for that county. Shawano Co. had a farm-raised deer CWD-positive detection last fall, which renewed a three-year ban for that county.

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