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DNR testing deer in Northwest Wisconsin for CWD

Northwest Wisconsin (WQOW) - For hunters in northwest Wisconsin, there are some different regulations in place because of Chronic Wasting Disease. Last year, a deer with CWD was discovered in the Shell Lake area. The DNR says they're asking hunters to bring in their deer for voluntary testing. Its goal is to collect one thousand samples from deer killed within a ten mile radius of where a sick deer was found last year. The DNR takes the lymph nodes out of the deer, and then sends them to its lab for testing.

That's the spot where if the deer has any type of disease, that's where it's going to show up probably first. It's kind of like with humans. If somebody has cancer, you check the lymph nodes. It usually shows up first there. So with CWD, that's where you'd find it," says Mike Zechmeister, a DNR Wildlife Ecologist.

The DNR says hunters have been very cooperative this weekend with the testing. The agency numbers those samples for each individual deer, so hunters can find the test results from their deer on their website. Along with the testing, baiting bans are also in place in Burnett, Barron, Polk and Washburn counties.

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