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DNR concerns grow following new reports of chronic wasting disease

DNR concerns grow following new reports of chronic wasting disease Photo: courtesy of viewer Bob Diepenbrock.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: May 26, 2021 07:26 AM
Created: May 26, 2021 07:21 AM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported growing concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state after 12 new white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease.

The DNR stated the positive tests were part of the ongoing investigation into a Beltrami County farm.

The situation at that farm, the DNR states, "significantly changes the risk assessment and concern" about chronic wasting disease in the state.

After the initial positive cases were found among the Beltrami County herd, deer remains were discovered on adjacent, county-managed land, elevating the risk to wild deer, DNR officials stated. As a result, the DNR quarantined five additional deer herds on farms in Hennepin, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Mower counties due to possible exposure.


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