Wild Deer Tests Positive For CWD In Fond Du Lac County

(Fond du Lac) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a wild deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Fond du Lac County. The positive test was from the Town of Eldorado, within 10-miles of the Winnebago County border. As required by state law, the DNR will renew the baiting and feeding bans in Fond du Lac and Winnebago Counties. A local landowner reported the deer, an adult doe, to the department in early October. The deer showed outward signs of disease and possible injury by car collision. This is the first wild deer detection in Fond du Lac County. To help slow the spread of CWD, the DNR enacts baiting and feeding bans in counties where deer have tested positive for CWD. Bait piles can encourage deer to congregate unnaturally around a shared food source where sick deer can spread CWD through direct contact with healthy deer or by leaving behind infectious prions in their saliva and urine. The DNR asks deer hunters within Fond du Lac and Winnebago Counties to assist with efforts to identify where CWD occurs. Those harvesting deer within 10 miles of the most recent positive are especially encouraged to have their harvested adult deer tested for CWD. Collecting CWD samples is essential for assessing where and to what extent CWD occurs in deer across the state.