Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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DNR to conduct public meeting to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease

Those interested in learning more about efforts to manage
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in southeastern Minnesota can attend
a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public input
meeting from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 14, at the Pine Island High
School cafeteria.

DNR staff will present current CWD information and plans for
winter deer surveillance. A panel of experts from the DNR, the
Minnesota Board of Animal Health and the Minnesota Deer Hunters
Association will be present to answer questions.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, at which the DNR
will outline what it has learned since the disease was discovered
in January.

CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose, but
not cattle or humans. The disease was confirmed in Minnesota’s
first wild deer Jan. 25. An archer harvested that deer near Pine
Island in November 2010.

The DNR has been actively on the lookout for CWD since 2002, when
the disease was first found in a domestic elk farm in central
Minnesota. The agency has been conducting surveillance for the
disease because an important management strategy is early
detection.

DNR increased its southeastern Minnesota wild deer CWD surveillance
efforts in fall 2009 after tests in January 2009 determined that a
captive elk on a farm near Pine Island was infected with CWD. The
elk farm was depopulated in fall of 2009 and a total of four CWD
positive captive elk were found. Heightened wild deer surveillance
efforts continued in 2010, with one CWD-positive deer
detected.

Since 2002, the DNR has tested more than 32,000 hunter-harvested or
road-killed deer, 60 elk and 90 moose as part of its early CWD
detection strategy.

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