MN: Southeast wild deer positive for CWD
Bowhunter killed doe with disease near Pine Island in late
St. Paul – State officials last week announced Minnesota has
become the latest state to find chronic wasting disease in its wild
An archery hunter killed the deer near Pine Island in the
southeastern part of the state late last November, and routine
testing revealed the deer likely had the disease. DNR officials
expect test results this week to confirm the disease.
Since 2002, CWD has been found in captive elk and deer at four
farms in the state. However, this marks the first time a wild deer
has been found with the disease.
“This is very unfortunate,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr.
“Minnesotans have done much to prevent CWD from entering our wild
deer population. The good news is that we are well prepared for an
attempt to control the disease and to possibly eliminate it.”