An elk from a breeding farm in Sauk County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The test results were confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory.
The farm has been quarantined. A quarantine means no animals may move in or out of the farm.
According to the owner’s most recent registration, the 5-year-old cow died while giving birth. The fenced farm has 15 elk. The farm has been licensed since 1997 and is not enrolled in the CWD Herd Status Program. More information about CWD testing requirements for farms enrolled and non-enrolled in the program can be found on the DATCP website.
DATCP’s Animal Health Division will investigate the animal’s history to try to determine how it was exposed to CWD.
CWD is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein that affects the animal’s brain. Testing for CWD can only be performed after the animal’s death. For more information about CWD visit DATCP’s website. DATCP regulates deer farms for registration, recordkeeping, disease testing, movement, and permit requirements. To learn more about deer farm regulations in Wisconsin, visit DATCP’s farm-raised deer program. The Department of Natural Resources also provides resources for CWD and monitors the state’s wild white-tailed deer for CWD.