Contact(s): Caroline Ward, wildlife biologist for Marinette County, 715-856-9160
July 3, 2018
MADISON - Due to the detection of chronic wasting disease in a captive white-tailed deer, Marinette County is now listed as a CWD-affected county and a baiting and feeding prohibition is in effect. This represents Marinette County's first known occurrence of the disease.
Florence County is within a 10-mile radius of the breeding farm on which this positive deer was found. State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild animal that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis. As of July, baiting and feeding of deer will be prohibited in 43 Wisconsin counties including the additions of Marinette and Florence.
The location of this positive is also within a 10-mile radius of Forest County, thereby renewing the baiting and feeding ban in that county.
Individuals may still feed birds and small mammals, provided the feeding devices are within 50 yards of a human dwelling and at a sufficient height or design to prevent access by deer.
For more information regarding baiting and feeding regulations and CWD in Wisconsin, and how to have adult deer tested during the 2018/2019 hunting seasons, visit the department's website, dnr.wi.gov, and search "baiting and feeding" and "CWD sampling" respectively. To report a sick deer on the landscape, search keywords "sick deer" or contact a local wildlife biologist.