Iowa County deer farm's whitetails tested positive for fatal disease

Twenty-one deer found with CWD

MADISON, Wis. - The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed Monday that an Iowa County deer farm's whitetail deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarians and animal health technicians depopulated the farm's whitetail deer humanely on May 18, according to a release.

CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk and moose caused by an infectious protein. Testing can only be performed after the animal's death. In the Iowa County farm, testing was done for 79 of the deer that were 16 months or older, according to the release.

The deer farm has been quarantined since October, when DATCP officials discovered that a deer shot on a Waupaca County hunting ranch tested positive for CWD and was traced back to Iowa County. Ten other deer from the Waupaca County hunting ranch tested positive.

According to the release, state and federal indemnity payments are in the process of being determined.

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