Baiting and feeding bans go in effect for Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties

Move follows confirmation of CWD positive captive deer in early March

MADISON – The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed a captive deer in Washington County tested positive for CWD in early March.

As required by law, this finding will establish baiting and feeding bans for Washington, Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties effective April 2, 2018. The ban for Washington County will be enacted for three years. Because Fond du Lac County is adjacent to a county with a CWD positive test result, a two-year ban will be enacted. Sheboygan County is already under a baiting and feeding ban and that ban will be renewed with this newest detection.

The Department of Natural Resources will also take the following steps:

  • establish a 10-mile radius disease surveillance area around this positive location;
  • conduct surveillance activities to assess disease distribution and prevalence including:
    • Encourage reporting of sick deer
    • Sample vehicle-killed adult deer
    • Sample adult deer harvested under agricultural damage permits
    • Sample adult deer harvested under urban deer hunts in the area; and
  • establish additional CWD sampling locations prior to the 2018 deer seasons

These actions are a very important next step in further understanding the potential geographic distribution of the disease and if other animals are infected within Wisconsin’s deer herd in the area.

As seen in the past in other parts of the state, local citizen involvement in the decision-making process as well as management actions to address this CWD detection will have the greatest potential for success.

For more information regarding baiting and feeding regulations and CWD in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “bait” and “CWD sampling” respectively.