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CWD continues moving north

Chronic wasting disease continues to move northward in Wisconsin's deer herd. The DNR said yesterday that two deer in the wild were confirmed to have the fatal brain disease. They were shot by deer hunters in Juneau and Portage counties on November 18th.

The Portage County deer was a one-and-a-half-year-old doe, taken close to the Mead Wildlife Area near Junction City. The Juneau County animal was a four-to-five-year-old buck, shot less than two miles north of a boundary where a CWD-zone had already been established.

The DNR's Kris Belling said neither discovery was a major surprise - and officials have been sampling deer in Portage County for the last decade, after CWD was spotted in a captive deer at a game farm in that county. Officials say the sampling results do not change the dates for the bow-and-arrow hunt in those places - and the baiting-and-feeding of deer had already been banned in both Juneau and Portage counties. Belling says it's too soon to draw conclusions from the latest results - and the next steps will be discussed once all the testing of deer from the November gun season is completed.