A deer from Racine County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first known CWD-positive in the county. The 3 1/2-year-old doe was harvested near Bohners Lake and volunteered to the Department of Natural Resources for sampling by a bow hunter when it was registered on November 12.

Tim Lizotte, who heads the DNR’s operations related to CWD, says it’s disappointing but not necessarily unexpected. Racine County has been included in the CWD management zone for years due to the potential for the disease in the area. The location where the CWD-positive deer was found in Racine County is several miles from the nearest CWD-positive deer in Walworth and Kenosha counties.

Lizotte says this result does not change any remaining hunting seasons. And it also does not change the current CWD management zone boundary. Baiting and feeding of deer is already banned in Racine County. Thanks to this hunter and all hunters who bring deer in for voluntary CWD testing. Lizotte says the DNR will continue to sample deer in the area. Hunters who want their deer tested should bring them to sampling locations throughout the muzzleloader, late archery and Holiday Hunt in the CWD management zone.

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