Door County was lucky enough to again avoid Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population in 2018. Deer tested positive for CWD in 19 other counties in Wisconsin in 2018. In Iowa County 379 deer tested positive for it which was the most of any county in the state. Eleven deer in Door County showed symptoms of CWD but they all tested negative for the disease. Chris Kratcha is the conservation warden stationed in Sturgeon Bay and he says new rules would have to be implemented in the area if a deer was found to have CWD, so it’s fortunate it hasn’t been found here.
Kratcha added that you should be careful moving deer from other counties where CWD has been more prevalent. CWD is a highly contagious brain disease that affects deer, elk, and moose populations.