Wisconsin DNR testing for CWD in La Crosse area sampling stations

With Wisconsin gun deer season underway, the DNR is encouraging all hunters in our area to get their deer tested for CWD.

CWD stands for Chronic Wasting Disease, and fatally affects moose, deer and elk.

The DNR sampled deer for CWD at local sampling stations, including at St. Joe’s Country Market.

Officials say the DNR is stressing more CWD testing this year because of positive cases in neighboring counties, including Vernon County.

This year, according to the Wisconsin DNR, Vernon County has seen three positive cases.

“It really helps us out,” Wisconsin DNR CWD biologist Terry Sheurette said. “We’re looking, we’re doing disease surveillance and disease detection. So, when hunters sample their deer, it gives us an idea of the geographic distribution of the disease. And it also lets us know what the prevalence of the disease is, if it’s here.”

La Crosse County has not seen any positive CWD cases yet this season.

Officials say it takes two to three weeks for hunters to get their samples back.

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