In cooperation with local businesses, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing during the 2019 archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.
Chronic Wasting Disease has recently been detected in a wild deer from Eau Claire County. The CWD-positive deer was a mature buck harvested in October. This is the fourth CWD-positive wild deer detected in Eau Claire County since the fall of 2017. CWD sampling will continue to be a priority in the CWD intensive surveillance area surrounding these detections.
Hunters who harvest an adult deer in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin and Trempealeau counties are strongly encouraged to submit a sample from the deer for CWD testing. CWD testing is free of charge to the hunter, and anyone submitting a sample should receive test results typically 10-14 days after the deer is brought to a sampling station.