CWD reaches a new northern limit with discovery of deer disease in Beltrami County
April 16, 2021
The latest confirmed spread of chronic wasting disease has taken the dreaded deer threat as far north as it's ever been found in Minnesota, to an area northeast of Bemidji where tribal hunting is now at increased risk for CWD.
State officials earlier this month confirmed that the contagious and always fatal neurological disease in deer, elk and moose was discovered in a dead, commercialized white-tailed deer inside the fence of a farm recently cited for a record-keeping violation. The animal was acquired in 2019 from the same deer farm in Winona County that sourced another CWD-positive deer. That animal was living at a deer farm in Houston County when the disease was detected five months ago.
State officials say that chronic wasting disease (CWD) cases at two other Minnesota deer farms 370 miles away from each other, one in Houston County and another on a farm northeast of Bemidji, likely originated at a deer farm in Winona County.