Government Pays Deer Farmers after Killing Herd Over CWD Concerns

The federal government is paying two deer farmers after
officials killed part of their herd due to concerns over chronic wasting

Dirk and Jane Stolz moved 23 deer from their farm in Washington County
to a preserve in Bayfield
last winter. They
were paid $52,000 after state and federal officials killed 22 of the deer on
that preserve back in April – after a deer in the Washington County
herd tested positive for CWD in March. The 23rd deer was never

CWD has not been found in Bayfield
or any of its
neighboring counties. Wisconsin
is home to 380 deer or elk farms, with CWD being found at 23 of them since
2002. Fourteen have been depopulated, including three this year.