An entire herd of 103 whitetail deer on a deer farm in Iowa County was put down in May after 21 deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said this week the deer were “humanely depopulated,” meaning they were sedated and euthanized.
Veterinarians and animal health technicians from DATCP and the USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service went to the deer farm on May 18 to put the herd down.
The deer on the farm had been quarantined since October when DATCP confirmed a deer shot on a Waupaca County hunting ranch tested positive for CWD, with the origin of the shot deer traced back to the Iowa County farm.
“Since then, 10 deer harvested from the Waupaca County hunting ranch tested positive for CWD and were traced back to the Iowa County farm,” DATCP said.
Testing was performed on 79 of the 103 deer, those deer that were 16 months old or older.
The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed that 21 of the deer tested positive for CWD.
The Iowa County deer farm will be compensated through state and federal indemnity programs, with the amount still to be determined.