ST. PAUL – For the first time in six years, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in a wild deer in Minnesota.
Recently the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced it had discovered CWD in two deer that were harvested in southeastern Minnesota – specifically in Fillmore County. CWD is a fatal brain disease to deer, elk and moose but is not known to affect human health.
“I think it’s important for hunters to be aware that CWD has been found in southeastern Minnesota, and keep that in mind as they field dress their deer,” said State Representative John Petersburg (R-Waseca).
The CWD discovery was made during the second deer hunting firearms season between November 19 - 21. As deer season has not yet ended for archers or those using muzzleloaders, the DNR recommends taking these precautions when harvesting deer:
For more information, Petersburg said you should visit the DNR’s CWD homepage at www.mndnr.gov/cwd. From there, you can sign up for email updates when new information on CWD becomes available.