DNR confirms second case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Waukesha County
DELAFIELD - The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a death of a deer from Chronic Wasting Disease.
"The finding was the second CWD-positive deer found in Waukesha County this year," said Paul Smith with the Journal Sentinel. "An adult doe, estimated at between 9 and 12 years old, was found dead March 3 in the Town of Delafield and subsequently tested positive for the disease."
DNR has been testing for the disease for 11 years, but according to Smith, these are the first two confirmed cases in Waukesha County found in that time.
"The buck was observed 'wandering in a stupor' near highways G, 83 and 18 in Wales in late February and early March," Smith said. "The animal was dispatched by a local law enforcement officer, according to the DNR report."
According to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, the disease is a "transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals. It is characterized by loss of body condition, behavioral abnormalities and death. CWD... is similar to mad cow disease in cattle and scrapie in sheep."