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A Third Minnesota Deer Has Tested Positive for CWD

A third deer infected with chronic wasting disease has been discovered in Southeastern Minnesota. 

Last week, the Minnesota DNR reported that a third case of CWD has been identified in the state. This time coming in the Southeastern portion of the state. The deer was harvested about 5 miles north of the two previously reported infected deer. Those were killed about four miles west of Lanesboro.

The hunter harvested the deer in mid-November, and an area taxidermist later provided a sample for testing to the DNR. Prior to this discovery, and the other most recent ones near Lanesboro, the only other wild deer that have been discovered to have CWD in Minnesota was harvested near Pine Island in 2010.

This discovery will not change the current boundaries of the disease management zone. But it will affect the disease control zone for farmed deer and elk. According to Dr. Paul Anderson of the Board of Animal Health, “The Minnesota Board of Animal Health regulates farmed deer and elk in the state and has created a 10-mile disease control zone around this latest positive case.”

If you’d like to read up on more information pertaining to this, including a map of the disease management zone, you can visit the Minnesota DNR’s CWD webpage at www.mndnr.gov/cwd. 

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A Third Minnesota Deer Has Tested Positive for CWD