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Contact information
For information on sick deer, contact:
Nancy Businga
Wildlife health lab manager
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-221-5375

What to do if you see a sick or dead deer

The department would like to be notifed if you see a sick or dead deer. Sick deer reporting is the most efficient way to monitor disease and remove disease agents from the landscape. Your cooperation is appreciated! Additional information on deer health.

County contacts

Contact the local biologist in your county if you see a sick or dead deer. If it is after hours, or a biologist isn't available please contact the department's hotline at 1-800-847-9367. Staff will replay the information to the conservation warden who is currently working in the area.

County wildlife biologists
Adams Florence Marathon Rusk
Ashland Fond Du Lac Marinette St. Croix
Barron Forest Marquette Sauk
Bayfield Grant Menominee Sawyer
Brown Green Milwaukee Shawano
Buffalo Green Lake Monroe Sheboygan
Burnett Iowa Oconto Taylor
Calumet Iron Oneida Trempealeau
Chippewa Jackson Outgamie Vernon
Clark Jefferson Ozaukee Vilas
Columbia Juneau Pepin Walworth
Crawford Kenosha Pierce Washburn
Dane Kewaunee Polk Washington
Dodge La Crosse Portage Waukesha
Door Lafayette Price Waupaca
Douglas Langlade Racine Waushara
Dunn Lincoln Richland Winnebago
Eau Claire Manitowoc Rock Wood

During an open deer hunting season: If you have a valid deer hunting license with an unused carcass tag for a deer that appears sick, you may shoot the deer following all applicable laws and regulations, including tagging the animal immediately. Then, contact your local wildlife biologist or conservation warden who will conduct an evaluation of the animal and may issue you a free replacement tag. If you are in doubt and have the opportunity prior to shooting a suspected sick deer, please contact your local wildlife or law enforcement staff in advance. In addition, the DNR is also interested in reports of multiple dead deer found in any one area.

Outside of an open deer hunting season: If you see a deer that you suspect may be sick outside of a deer hunting season or when you may not have a valid tag for the animal during one of our deer hunting seasons, please contact your local wildlife biologist or conservation warden and they may either come to your location and dispatch the deer or may give you permission to shoot the animal so we can collect it at a later time. In addition, the DNR is also interested in reports of multiple dead deer found in any one area.

Chronic wasting disease

If a deer is showing signs of CWD it should be tested. Transport the deer to a CWD sampling station if one is available in the area during a deer hunting season or contact your local biologist or conservation warden.

Clinical signs of CWD

  • No fear of humans
  • Teeth grinding
  • Notable weakness
  • Drooping of head and ears
  • Excessive thirst
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Walking in set patterns
  • Nervousness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Excessive salivation
  • Diminished tone of facial muscles
  • Excessive urination
  • Severe emaciation and dehydration
  • Inability to stand

CWD positive deer

Last revised: Friday October 17 2014