MADISON, Wis. — State wildlife officials say they’ve confirmed the first case of chronic wasting disease in Lincoln County.
The Department of Natural Resources issued a news release Monday saying a two-year old buck harvested in northeastern Lincoln County south of Rhinelander has tested positive for the deadly brain disease.
The finding means baiting and feeding will be banned in Lincoln County for three years beginning Feb. 1. The discovery also will trigger a two-year baiting and feeding ban in adjacent Langlade County. Oneida County is already under a baiting and feeding ban; the Lincoln County confirmation will renew that ban.
CWD has now affected 47 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, meaning there have been reported cases of the disease or infected deer have been found close to their borders.