By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
A deer harvested in Shelby County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). The CWD-positive deer changes Shelby County from being a high-risk CWD county to a CWD-positive county.
“The CWD-positive deer was a 2 ½-year-old buck harvested in the Shelby County portion of the Wolf River Wildlife Management Area,” said Chuck Yoest, CWD Coordinator. “This comes as no surprise since CWD had already been detected nearby in neighboring Fayette County.”
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a wild deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease near Menomonie in Dunn County.
The CWD-positive deer was an adult buck harvested during the 2019 archery deer season that was tested as part of the department’s disease surveillance efforts and is the first wild CWD-positive deer for Dunn County.
Its location is 18 miles outside of the existing Chippewa Valley CWD surveillance area, where five wild white-tailed deer have previously tested positive for CWD in southwest Eau Claire County in 2018 and 2019.