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CWD detections in 2018 will prompt baiting and feeding ban in Waushara and Wood counties and renew ban in Portage County

By Central Office February 5, 2019

Contact(s): Tami Ryan, 414-750-8360, DNR wildlife health section chief

MADISON - Following positive test results for chronic wasting disease in wild and captive whitetail deer during the 2018 deer hunting seasons, a baiting and feeding ban in Waushara and Wood counties will be enacted, along with the renewal of a three-year ban Portage County, effective Feb. 1, 2019.

Two wild deer harvested in southern Portage County will initiate a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Waushara County, while CWD-positive detections at two Portage County captive deer farms will enact a two-year baiting and feeding ban in Wood County. State law requires that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources enact a ban on feeding and baiting of deer within a county or adjacent county within a 10-mile radius of a captive or free-roaming domestic or wild deer that tests positive for CWD or tuberculosis.

It is important to note that Waushara, Wood and Portage counties are already designated as CWD-affected due to prior CWD positive detections. The DNR will continue surveillance near these CWD positive detection locations. Collecting CWD samples is important for assessing the potential geographic distribution and prevalence of the disease.

Learn more about CWD and what it means for Wisconsin's hunters with help from season two of Wild Wisconsin.

For more information regarding baiting and feeding regulations and CWD in Wisconsin, visit the department's website,, and search keywords "bait" and "CWD" respectively.

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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