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Wisconsin DNR Says Sick Deer Found Near Shell Lake Is From The North

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 8:57 am

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says tests show that deer with chronic wasting disease near Shell Lake did not migrate from the southern part of the state. Apparently that 3-year-old doe came from the same genetic stock tissue taken from other northern Wisconsin deer, meaning the disease may be spreading from areas where it was known into areas where it has never been before.

The DNR also says the findings mean the deer did not come from a game farm.

The agency announced last month that the deer, shot last fall, tested positive for chronic wasting. The disease has been known to persist in southern Wisconsin since 2002 but is new to the northern part of the state.

The disease eats away at a deer’s brain, causing it to eventually die.

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