Posted Monday, May 7, 2012 --- 9:49 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Department of Natural Resources says tests show a deer that tested positive for chronic wasting disease in northwestern Wisconsin did not come from an area where the disease is currently found.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/KDT6W4 ) reports the DNR says a lymph node from the 3-year-old doe came from the same genetic stock tissue taken from other northern Wisconsin deer.
The DNR says the findings mean the deer did not somehow find its way to the north and that it likely did not come from a game farm.
The agency announced last month that the deer, shot last fall, tested positive for chronic wasting. The disease has been known to persist in southern Wisconsin since 2002.
The disease eats away at a deer's brain, causing it to eventually die.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.