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DNR: Deer tests positive for CWD in Washington County; New baiting, feeding ban effective January

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MADISON, WI-- According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The deer was tested in the Town of Trenton in northeastern Washington County, within 10 miles of Ozaukee County.

According to state law, DNR will enact a new two-year ban on baiting and feeding in Ozaukee County and renew a three-year baiting and feeding ban in Washington County effective Jan. 5, 2021.

The CWD-positive deer was an adult buck harvested during the 2020 archery deer season making this the first wild deer detection in Washington County.

State law requires that the DNR enact a ban on the baiting and feeding of deer in counties or portions of counties within a 10-mile radius of a wild or farm-raised deer that tests positive for CWD.

Baiting and feeding were already banned in Washington County due to a prior CWD positive detection in a farm-raised deer facility.

The DNR will continue surveillance near the CWD positive detection location.

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