CWD surveillance efforts target Shawano, Oconto counties

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will collect deer heads for chronic wasting disease surveillance testing from Oconto, Shawano and Menominee counties during this year’s archery, crossbow and gun hunting seasons.

A 10-mile surveillance area has been identified.

If harvesting an adult deer within those counties, drop off the head at a self-serve kiosk for CWD testing. CWD samples will be collected from adult deer harvested by hunters in all three counties during the deer hunting seasons.

Head samples will be collected at the following locations: Shawano DNR office, 647 Lakeland Ave., Shawano; Lake View Convenience BP, 417 S. Warrington St., Cecil; Gillett Shell, 6255 State Highway 32 North, Gillett; Underhill Town Hall, 5597 Cardinal Road, Gillett.

Adult deer heads can additionally be dropped off at any DNR office by request. For additional locations, visit dnr.wi.gov.

Samples will also be collected from sick adult deer exhibiting signs of CWD in all three counties. Everyone is encouraged to keep an eye out for deer that appear sick or are otherwise acting abnormally so biologists can assess if symptoms are consistent with CWD infection.

Sick deer can be reported to the local DNR office or directly to the following DNR Wildlife Management staff: for Shawano County, Kay Brockman-Mederas, 715-526-4226; for Oconto County, David Halfmann, 715-582-5010.

DNR staff will collect samples from adult deer killed by vehicles within 10 miles of Three Lakes and Underhill. Individuals who wish to keep car-killed deer can still do so but are encouraged to allow DNR staff to collect samples beforehand. Deer can be sampled by contacting Brockman-Mederas or Halfmann.

For information and a list of participating taxidermists and deer processors, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keywords “CWD sampling.” For CWD testing results, search keywords “CWD test results.”