Wildlife officials quarantine new herds in fight against CWD


Dreamstime • TNS

State officials earlier this month confirmed the latest 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 wildlife officials said Tuesday they're taking urgent steps to protect Minnesota's deer population after 12 additional white-tailed deer from a defunct Beltrami County deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Officials said they're quarantining five additional herds across the state and building a fence around the Beltrami County farm to prevent the spread of the always fatal neurological disease affecting deer and elk.

A herd in Hennepin County and one in Kanabec County were quarantined on Thursday.



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