Contact(s): Tom Carlson, DNR Wildlife Biologist, 715-218-8218
Crandon, Wis. - Targeted Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance will occur in the Goodman area in response to a captive white-tailed deer testing positive for CWD on a captive farm-raised deer facility in June 2018.
Department of Natural Resources staff will collect CWD samples from a 319-square mile area encompassing parts of northwest Marinette, southern Florence and northeast Forest Counties. Hunters are strongly encouraged to submit adult deer (1.5 years and older) heads for testing from within this area.
"It is very important for hunters in this area to get their deer tested to help monitor the health of the deer herd - the cooperation from hunters is vital to ensure the success of the monitoring efforts and help detect the disease early, if it is in the wild population", said Tom Carlson, DNR wildlife biologist for Forest and Florence counties.
DNR staff set up several cooperating stations and self-service CWD sampling kiosks located in Armstrong Creek, Fence, Dunbar, Laona and Crandon. Hunters can find sampling locations and a detailed map of the surveillance area at dnr.wi.gov, keywords "CWD sampling." All kiosks have directions for how to submit samples, which includes removing the deer's head and a portion of the neck and completing a data sheet. Removing antlers does not affect test results.
In addition to voluntary sampling, DNR staff will offer CWD Surveillance Permits to private landowners within two miles of the captive positive location for the harvest of adult deer. Hunters who harvest an adult deer using these permits are required to submit the head and portion of neck for testing. Any private landowner with at least 5 contiguous acres within two miles of this location may apply for a permit from local DNR wildlife staff. Surveillance Permits will be issued from the Crandon and Wausaukee DNR Ranger Stations and the Peshtigo DNR Service Center by appointment only.
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Department staff set a goal of sampling 500 deer within the 319-square mile area over the next two deer hunting seasons to seek to detect the disease in the wild population at a 1% or higher prevalence rate.
For information regarding CWD test results, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords "CWD results." To view CWD results for a harvested deer, hunters will need to enter a customer ID or CWD sample barcode number. The average turnaround time from when the deer is brought to a sampling station to when the results are available is typically two weeks.
If test results come back positive for CWD, hunters should follow advice from the Center for Disease Control [EXIT DNR], Wisconsin Department of Health Services and World Health Organization [EXIT DNR].
DNR staff are interested in reports of sick deer or deer with an unknown cause of death, but it is important to note that they are not currently examining car-killed deer. Contact local DNR wildlife staff listed above to report a sick or dead deer or call the DNR's Customer Service hotline at 1-800-847-9367.