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Iowa County Deer Herd Euthanized

Wisconsin state agriculture officials have put down an entire herd of whitetail deer in southwest Wisconsin due to an outbreak of chronic wasting disease. More than 100 deer in Iowa County were euthanized last month after about 20 tested positive for the disease. Veterinarians and animal health technicians from both the state and federal departments of agriculture sedated the animals before euthanizing them. The deer had been quarantined since October. Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disorder found in deer, elk, and moose. It’s caused by an infectious protein that affects the animal’s brain. State and federal programs will compensate the deer farm, though an amount has yet to be determined.

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