SPOONER — Chronic wasting disease (CWD), the infectious nervous system disorder that’s always fatal to deer, was first found in southwest Wisconsin in 2002. In the nine years following the discovery, northern Wisconsin hunters had empathy for those impacted to the south but didn’t consider it their problem.

That changed when the results from a deer found in Washburn County during the 2011 deer season tested positive in March 2012. Now it was our problem, too, and while we’ll never know for sure, possibly an innovative management tactic is why another hasn’t been found here.

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