State quarantines deer, elk farm after CWD positives

State officials have quarantined a Dane County deer farm and a Richland County elk farm after animals on both properties tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the quarantines Friday. The agency said in a news release that the National Veterinary Laboratory confirmed Thursday that a 15-year-old whitetail doe and a 2-year-old elk cow tested positive.

The agency did not say where the farms were specifically located or how the animals may have contracted the disease. DATCP media officials didn’t immediately reply to emails.

The release said the deer farm has been double-fenced since 2009. The elk farm hasn’t purchased or sold any elk in five years.