Irvine Park Zoo is also home to buffalo, elk, whitetail deer, and monkeys. Irvine Park has grown to 318 acres and has been a recreational resource of pride for Chippewa Valley residents for generations.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- We now know what killed two bison at the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls.
Dr. Wayne Griffin, with the Chippewa Valley Veterinary Clinic, says both bison came down with a disease called malignant catarral fever.
He says its a disease that comes from sheep. The zoo added the sheep on Memorial Day, but says they are being removed.
Last week, zoo staff noticed that a female bison looked sick. They tried antibiotics but she died Friday. On Saturday a bull showed symptoms and also died. The sheep and bison shared a fence and the virus mostly likely spread that way.
Griffin says bison are just more prone to disease than other animals.
The sheep have been quarantined. One other Bison got sick but is doing better and he says the rest of the bison are doing well.
Malignant catarral fever can't spread to humans and won’t affect most other animals.
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)--Workers are trying to figure out how two bison died at Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls.
Dick Hebert, who is the Director of the Chippewa Falls Parks and Recreation Department, says one of the adult bison were found dead Friday, and the other death was discovered Saturday.
He says samples from both animals have been sent to a lab, and he expects to have the results back by this Friday.
Hebert says other animals in the herd have been moved to another location and are being monitored by local vets.