Sunday, January 17, 2016
Wisconsin Captive CWD Lotto Pays Out Again indemnity payment of $298,770 for 228 white-tailed deer killed on farm
State pays farmer $298,000 for infected deer herd
By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 16, 2016 8:05 p.m.
The State of Wisconsin paid nearly $300,000 to the Eau Claire County farmer whose deer herd was depopulated after it was found to be infected with chronic wasting disease.
Rick Vojtik, owner of Fairchild Whitetails in Fairchild, received an indemnity payment of $298,770 for 228 white-tailed deer killed on his farm, according to officials with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
The money was taken from the agency's general program revenue funded by Wisconsin taxpayers.
The state has a maximum payment of $1,500 per animal in such cases; Vojtik received $1,310 each.
The adult deer killed at Fairchild Whitetails were tested for disease. Including those tested before depopulation, 33 deer at the facility were CWD-positive, according to the DATCP.
The CWD-positive deer on Vojtik's farm were the first and only detected to date in Eau Claire County and triggered a deer baiting and feeding ban in Eau Claire, Clark and Jackson counties.
More than a dozen deer escaped the facility last year but all were captured or killed, according to Rick Rosen, regional warden supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources.
In Wisconsin, the DATCP has authority over deer and elk farms while the DNR has authority over the fences at such facilities and deer and elk outside them.
Under an agreement with state officials, Vojtik will maintain the farm's fences for five years and not put deer or other cervids in the area. Agents with the DATCP will disinfect the property, said Paul McGraw, DATCP veterinarian.
The 228 deer had been held in an enclosure of about 10 acres.
Chronic wasting disease has been found at 13 captive cervid facilities in Wisconsin, according to DATCP records.
Second CWD finding in Oneida County: A second CWD-positive deer has been reported at an Oneida County shooting preserve, according to the DATCP.
The 5-year-old buck was shot at Three Lakes Trophy Ranch LLC in Three Lakes. The agency received the CWD-positive report on the animal Dec. 29.
A 3-year-old buck at the facility also tested positive for the disease in November, initiating a baiting and feeding ban in Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties.
Officials with the DATCP said Friday there was no plan to depopulate the facility. According to records from December, Three Lakes Trophy Ranch had about 425 deer on 570 acres.
The captive animals are the only deer to test positive for CWD in that portion of the Northwoods, including the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Last year, Michigan officials unveiled a campaign called "Keep the U.P. CWD Free!" It is illegal to bring whole deer carcasses from Wisconsin into Michigan.
Chronic wasting disease was identified in Colorado in 1967. The disease, among a family of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies including Mad Cow Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob, is fatal to deer, elk and moose. The disease was first detected in Wisconsin in 2002 near Mount Horeb. As of this month, 41 of the state's 72 counties are considered "CWD-affected" by the DNR.
Meat from a CWD-positive animal should not be eaten, according to health officials.
DNR hiring for creel survey: The DNR is accepting applications for three fisheries technicians to conduct creel surveys on Lake Michigan.
The limited-term employee positions will run from about March 7 to Oct. 31; the jobs will be based in Mishicot, Plymouth and Sturtevant.
According to the job description, candidates must be able to accurately identify common Lake Michigan fish; have good oral and written communication skills; be able to work independently with limited supervision; be able to approach anglers on piers and breakwaters, rocky shorelines, open sand, cobble beaches and along streams and rivers over uneven terrain; and be willing to work in inclement weather.
The jobs will pay $11.50 to $12.50 per hour depending on experience and training. Work is required on weekends and holidays.
For application materials and more information, visit dnr.wi.gov/employment. The application deadline is Feb. 2.
Interviews are planned the week of Feb. 8 at the DNR's Plymouth Service Center.
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CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD WISCONSIN Almond Deer (Buckhorn Flats) Farm Update DECEMBER 2011
The CWD infection rate was nearly 80%, the highest ever in a North American captive herd.
RECOMMENDATION: That the Board approve the purchase of 80 acres of land for $465,000 for the Statewide Wildlife Habitat Program in Portage County and approve the restrictions on public use of the site.
$298,770 + $465,000
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