Tests found no chronic wasting disease in more than 11,000 deer shot by hunters in north-central, central and southeastern Minnesota this fall, and officials say it gives them confidence that the fatal brain disease has not spread beyond a small pocket in the southeast corner of the state.
A 500-deer farm in Ramsey County is under quarantine, after chronic wasting disease was detected in a red deer. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says Friday a 2-year-old female deer tested positive for the disease.
Before long, the first hunting season of the fall will get underway and there are some new items this year the DNR wants you to know. The first seasons get underway in early September and continue until November 5th. There are also new programs and changes to regulations.
Starting Monday, residents of four southeastern Minnesota counties will be forbidden to feed deer as part of an effort to fight chronic wasting disease in the state. The ban is taking place in Dodge, Goodhue, Olmsted and Wabasha counties and will continue indefinitely.