Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

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Minnesota: Deer reported by Oronoco landowner tests negative for CWD

A white-tailed deer, recently discovered in southeastern
Minnesota near Oronoco, exhibited some symptoms consistent with
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) but was not infected with the
disease.

“We appreciate the public awareness about the disease and its
potential effects on the deer population,” said Lou Cornicelli, big
game program coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR). “We are relieved this animal did not have
CWD.”

A landowner observed the adult male deer on his property walking in
a tight circle for a long period of time. He reported the deer to
the DNR, which euthanized the animal and took it to the University
of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Lab for testing.

Deer showing signs of possibly having CWD always are tested when
discovered, Cornicelli said. This is the first sick deer found and
tested in the CWD zone — which stretches from Wanamingo, Zumbrota
and Zumbro Falls southward to Kasson, Byron and Rochester — since
sharpshooting ended last winter. None of the 1,181 deer tested in
the area have tested positive for the disease.

The CWD zone was established earlier this year after an archery
hunter harvested a CWD-positive deer in November 2010. Sampling was
conducted last winter, and a deer feeding ban was enacted. Efforts
to continue to monitor the area for additional cases of CWD and
measures to help prevent its potential spread are in place for the
fall hunting season.

“White-tailed deer contract a variety of diseases that express
neurological symptoms,” Cornicelli said. “Further testing is
ongoing to determine what affected this animal.”

Individuals should continue to notify DNR if they see a deer
exhibiting CWD-like symptoms, which can include walking in circles,
drooling, staggering, emaciation and a lack of fear toward
humans.

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