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Eau Claire, Escaped Captive Deer on the loose in Eau Claire County July 14, 2015 Wisconsin

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Escaped Captive Deer on the loose in Eau Claire County July 14, 2015 Wisconsin, WDNR News
     The state Department of Natural Resources is requesting the help of residents of Fairchild and Augusta and the surrounding areas to be on the lookout for two escaped ear-tagged captive white-tailed deer from a local captive deer facility. On June 24 the Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection [PDF] announced a captive white-tailed deer from a breeding farm in Eau Claire County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
     In early May, the farm owner reported that multiple captive bucks escaped the facility when a tree fell on the fence causing a breach. Most of the escaped bucks were recovered with two still remaining out on the landscape. "We need landowners and the public to be on the lookout for any deer that appear to have an ear tag. These captive escapes are a potential health risk to the local wild deer herd and should be removed from the landscape," said DNR wildlife biologist Bill Hogseth... If it is after hours, or a biologist isn't available please contact the department's hotline at 1-800-847-9367.

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