State agriculture officials say they’ve found no more signs of chronic wasting disease in a depopulated farm elk herd after the disease showed up in one of the facility’s female elk.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection quarantined the Richland County elk farm in May after a two-year-old female tested positive for CWD.
DATCP officials issued a news release Sept. 4 saying a team of state and federal agriculture staffers killed the farm’s remaining 11 elk in August.
All 10 adult elk were tested for chronic wasting disease, and the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed that no additional elk from the Richland County farm have tested positive for CWD.
The 20-acre elk farm had been quarantined since May 31, when DATCP confirmed a two-year-old female elk tested positive for CWD. According to the herd owner, one month prior to passing away, the elk had exhibited seizures.
The owner will receive a state indemnity payment after completing required cleaning and disinfection of the farm. The farm will remain fenced and is not allowed to have any CWD-prone animals for at least five years.