CWD test site

Bayfield County deemed efforts to test deer for chronic wasting disease and collecting carcasses for proper disposal a success for the 2019/20 deer hunting seasons. Northwoods herds remain CWD-free, tests show.

Bayfield County’s push to educate hunters on the importance of testing deer for chronic wasting disease and disposing of carcasses in dumpsters paid off last hunting season, and the good news is the county plus four of its Northwoods neighbors seem to remain CWD-free.

The state began tracking CWD in 1999, and the first wild deer to test positive for it were found in 2002, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. Since then, the disease has spread to 56 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, mostly in the southern part of the state.

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