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CWD testing to begin in northern Wisconsin

Chronic wasting disease has not been found in far northern Wisconsin. But whether it stays that way will depend on new tests by the Department of Natural Resources.

The agency plans to gather about 500 deer heads in 18 northern and northwest counties this year. They'll be tested for bovine tuberculosis, as well as CWD.

Similar tests have been done in other parts of the state. But only in southern Wisconsin have wild deer tested positive for the fatal brain disease.

The DNR says hunters will donate most of the deer heads during this year's seasons. But the agency plans to get a head start by taking heads from corpses found along the roads.