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Deer CWD

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has banned deer feeding in five southeastern Minnesota counties to combat the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Natural Resources announced Monday plans to ban deer feeding in five counties as the agency fights chronic wasting disease in southeast Minnesota.

The agency announced a 370-square-mile disease management zone that will go into effect later this month in Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona counties.

The DNR also plans a special late-season deer hunt in the zone, from Dec. 31 through Jan. 15, to help prevent the disease from spreading. Details will be announced later.

A public meeting on how landowners and hunters can help the DNR manage the disease will be held Thursday in Preston.

Two deer shot by hunters near Lanesboro in November were infected with chronic wasting disease, marking the first detection of the fatal brain disease among wild deer in the state since 2010.

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CWD is a fatal brain disease to deer, elk and moose but is not known to affect human health. While it is found in deer in states bordering southeast Minnesota, it was only found in a single other wild deer in Minnesota in 2010.

The DNR has been on the lookout for CWD since 2002, when the disease first was detected at a domestic elk farm in central Minnesota. Since, the DNR has tested approximately 50,000 deer, elk, and moose.

CWD is transmitted primarily from animal-to-animal by infectious agents in feces, urine or saliva. The disease also can persist for a long time in the environment and may be contracted from contaminated soil. The movement of live animals is one of the greatest risk factors in spreading the disease to new areas.

Wildlife managers don’t know how the disease got to the Lanesboro area, but expect the population to rebound quickly once the threat is over.

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(4) comments

Eleanor101

Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing... sell cvv good forum

Eleanor654

Yes i read about this deer news from essaymama.org and well to be honest i do not even know how to react to this, but one thing i am happy about is to see how much coverage this news is getting, more people should know of this!

JRebs

My deer feeder is full of cracked corn . The same food that the deer already eat in the field behind my house. How silly does it seem to stop feeding them?

JRebs

Typical idiotic DNR policy. They don't know what causes CWD yet they'll impose a ban on feeding the deer. Just like the nonsense about invasive species and our waterways. The DNR fines citizens for not pulling drain plugs and cleaning your boat at the landing before you leave. Even those of us that only use one waterway and one landing EVER. I have zero chance of spreading these invasive species. Yet the DNR knows commercial river boats bring invasive species up and down the Mississippi River Corridor and they also know they can't do squat to stop that real factor in the spread of invasive species.

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