Forest County ranch deer tests positive for wasting disease

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A deer on a Forest County hunting ranch has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

State agriculture officials issued a news release Monday saying tests confirm the six-year-old whitetail buck was infected.

The deer was born on a Marinette County breeding farm and moved to the ranch in 2014. Both the farm and ranch have been quarantined since June after a doe on the farm tested positive. The same entity owns the farm and ranch but the release doesn't name the owner, ranch or farm.

Online records show the Koz Deer Farm is the only registered deer farm in Marinette County. It's registered to Michael C. Kozak. Wild River Whitetails is the only registered hunting ranch in Forest County. It's registered to Wild River Whitetails, LLC.

A state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to emails.

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