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DNR to test more deer for chronic wasting disease

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Only one deer in northwest Wisconsin has tested positive for chronic wasting disease -- and officials will soon find out if there might be more. The D-N-R plans to perform an aerial survey in the Shell Lake area, where an antlerless deer tested positive for the fatal brain disease in 2011. No other deer from the region were known to have C-W-D, which is heavily prevalent in about the southern third of Wisconsin.

Experts plan to check out 36-square miles where the infected deer was found. If they see large concentrations of deer, it might indicate a higher risk of spreading the disease. The survey flights will begin this month, and will extend into March.

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