Waukesha County deer farm latest in trend of CWD-positive facilities

Whitetail bucks stand in a pen at a deer farm in Burnett County.

Whitetail bucks stand in a pen at a deer farm in Burnett County.

Two white-tailed deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease at a Waukesha County deer farm, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The facility, Red Wing Deer Farm in Waukesha, has 11 whitetails and five elk on its 9-acre property.

Both of the CWD-positive animals were 3-year-old bucks. The deer were first reported CWD-positive Dec. 3 but a follow-up confirmation was reported Feb. 10 by DATCP.

The farm had been under quarantine since November 2021 after deer moved from its herd tested positive at a ranch in Eau Claire County.

Red Wing Deer Farm will remain under quarantine while DATCP and the US Department of Agriculture veterinarians and staff conduct an epidemiological investigation, according to state officials.

The finding at the Waukesha facility continues an increasing trend of CWD findings at deer farms in Wisconsin.