Chronic wasting disease closes deer farm

By: - June 20, 2022 5:49 am
white tailed deer buck with antlers

White tailed deer (photo by skeeze from Pixabay)

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced that a Langlade County deer farm has been depopulated due to chronic wasting disease (CWD). All 47 of the deer at the farm have been depopulated since testing positive for the disease in 2021.

The 6 acre farm had been under quarantine since August 2021. A quarantine means that no animals, nor animal carcasses, may be allowed off the property. On May 18, the DATCP depopulated the herd.

The farmer who owned the deer will receive federal indemnity for the depopulated livestock. As a condition of the indemnity, the farm will be unable to hold cervids, or hoofed animals, for five years, during which time it will undergo routine inspections.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal, neurological disease found in deer, elk, and moose. The disease infects the animal’s brain and nervous system, deteriorating its behavior and health until death. Infected animals can be recognized by impaired movements, listlessness rather than the usual alert attitude  of  deer, drooling, weight loss and other symptoms.


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Isiah Holmes
Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets. He was also featured in the 2018 documentary The Chase Key, and was the recipient of the Sierra Club Great Waters Group 2021 Environmental Hero of the Year award. The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council also awarded Holmes its 2021-2022 Media Openness Award for using the open records laws for investigative journalism. Holmes was also a finalist in the 2021 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards alongside the rest of the Wisconsin Examiner's staff. The Silver, or second place, award for Best Online Coverage of News was awarded to Holmes and his colleague Henry Redman for an investigative series into how police responded to the civil unrest and protests in Kenosha during 2020. Holmes was also awarded the Press Club's Silver (second-place) award for Public Service Journalism for articles focusing on police surveillance in Wisconsin.