The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirms that a Portage County deer and elk hunting ranch that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in November 2018 was depopulated on May 9. Other than the initial CWD positive, none of the remaining 166 animals tested positive for CWD. Animals included white-tailed deer, red deer, sika, fallow, and elk.
The 220-acre hunting ranch had been quarantined since November 2018 when DATCP confirmed that a three-year old white-tailed buck tested positive for CWD. The hunting ranch had purchased the buck from a Portage County breeding farm that was depopulated on May 1. The owner will receive state indemnity for the depopulated animals after completing required cleaning and disinfection of the hunting ranch. The hunting ranch will remain fenced and is not allowed to have any CWD-susceptible animals for at least five years.
DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement and permit requirements. To learn more about deer farm regulations in Wisconsin, visit DATCP’s farm-raised deer program at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/FarmRaisedDeer.aspx.