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Feds, State Pay Deer Farmers $330k After Wiping out Herds

State and federal officials have paid Wisconsin deer farmers more than $330,000 in compensation so far this year after killing their herds out of concerns they were infected with chronic wasting disease.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports CWD was found on three farms this year, resulting in depopulation.

The owners of Windy Ridge Whitetails in Iowa County got $264,155 in compensation, including $136,040 in state fund and $128,115 in federal money for 103 deer killed in May. Tests showed 21 animals were infected.

Dirk and Jane Stolz own a deer preserve in Bayfield County and a deer farm in Washington County. They moved 23 deer from Washington County to the preserve last winter.

One of the remaining deer in Washington County tested positive for CWD in March. State agriculture officials decided to quarantine the Washington County deer and wipe out the herd in Bayfield County, where CWD has not been found yet.