Results are in: Testing deer for chronic wasting disease
By Ken M. Blomberg
The test results are in. Samples from two adult deer I submitted for chronic wasting disease (CWD) testing after the nine-day season came back negative. The tissue from the deer I provided had been examined for CWD prions. There were no such prions found and therefore they determined no evidence of deer #348.417 and #348.418 being infected with CWD.
In various areas of the state, kiosks were made available as a sampling station option. I found ours at the DNR’s Ranger Station in Plover. The kiosks were set up as self-service 24/7 options for dropping off deer heads to be tested for CWD. When using the kiosk, I found the following steps needed to complete the process. I filled out a datasheet with the customer ID and harvest location for each deer. Metal tags provided were attached to deer heads which were placed in a plastic bag with the datasheet.
Our two-sample deer, an adult doe and an adult buck, were shot on our property opening weekend. Both deer looked and acted normal. We had no reason to believe they were sick, or carrying CWD prions. But with all the negative press of late on the DNR’s efforts, or lack of effort to curb this spreading disease, we wanted to know how the neighborhood herd was fairing.
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