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Deer from Marathon County game farm tracked down in seven states

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  81 deer from a Wisconsin game farm which recently had a case of chronic wasting disease have been tracked down in eight states.  State veterinarian Paul McGraw said yesterday the animals will have to be quarantined, after they left the Wilderness Whitetails' shooting preserve near Eland in Marathon County.  

A five-year-old buck at the preserve tested positive for C-W-D, after it was shot on November 4.  It was the first captive deer in five years to be diagnosed with the fatal brain disease.  McGraw said all deer on the Wilderness Whitetails shooting preserve and breeding farms have been quarantined.  The group has breeding farms in nearby Portage County, where the infected deer was kept from 2008 until the fall of 2010.  

Game farm co-owner Greg Flees said none of the deer shipped from the preserve had contact with the infected animal -- and he has never received deer from outside the facility.  McGraw said it's possible the buck might have gotten C-W-D from soil, or contact with another deer through a fence.  

State officials said they traced eight deer from the Eland site at farms in Outagamie and Burnett counties -- and at sites in Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.