Waukesha Co. deer tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

CREATED Feb. 6, 2013

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  • A couple of bucks are seen last week at the Wildwood Preserve housing development on N. Lake Shore Drive just south of Donges Bay Road in Mequon. Image by Mike De Sisti

WAUKESHA COUNTY - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials have confirmed that a Waukesha County deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. According to the department, this is the first CWD-positive deer in the county.

“Being the first CWD positive in Waukesha County is noteworthy but not completely unexpected,” DNR area wildlife supervisor Tim Lizotte said. “Given the proximity to a CWD-positive deer 16 miles away in Jefferson County, we knew it was a possibility.”

DNR has been performing disease surveillance in portions of Waukesha County to better determine the disease's presence and prevalence. This deer was reported sick-looking to the DNR by a landowner in the Town of Delafield. Wildlife managers responded and collected samples for disease testing.

“Sick deer reporting is the most effective way of detecting disease and removing disease agents from the landscape,” said Lizotte. “We thank the landowner for contacting us. This cooperation is needed to help identify presence of the disease and track prevalence.”

This sampling result does not change established hunting seasons nor does it change the current CWD Management Zone boundary. Baiting and feeding of deer, as well as deer rehabilitation, is already banned in Waukesha County.