Minnesota DNR Announces Special Hunts To Curb Chronic Wasting Disease

Minnesota DNR Announces Special Hunts To Curb Chronic Wasting Disease Click to Enlarge

State officials say two special deer hunts are planned for later this month in southeastern Minnesota as part of an effort to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease in the state’s wild deer population. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today (Tuesday) that the special hunts will be held over two weekends later this month: the one right before Christmas, December 21st-to-Decmeber 23rd and the one after Christmas December 28th-to-December 30th. D-N-R officials say the special hunts are an effort to contain chronic wasting disease into a small area. The neurological disease, which is fatal to deer, spreads through an animal’s blood, saliva and feces. Officials hope the up-coming December hunts diminishes the deer population, specifically the male population, so as to lessen the risk that it spreads to other parts of Minnesota. Since July, eight deer in Minnesota have tested positive for C-W-D.

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