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Deer hunters crucial to Minnesota's fight against chronic wasting disease


November 8, 2021

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters to have a plan if they are hunting in zones that require testing. Dumpsters are provided at various locations.

Minnesota deer hunters will provide crucial data to wildlife biologists this weekend in what will be the largest sampling effort yet in the state's fight against the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

"We need help from hunters,'' said Erik Hildebrand, wildlife health specialist for the Department of Natural Resources. "It's the only way to get a handle on the problem.''

In 30 out of 130 deer permit areas around the state, CWD testing will be mandatory Saturday and Sunday for all deer age one or older. The requirement should produce about 22,000 samples from six zones - far more testing than last year and enough to further measure the prevalence and whereabouts of a contagious animal disease that darkens the future of deer hunting.


Reader Comments(1)

ShellAtTheBeach writes:

Hunters often cause CWD though by tracking the disease from one area to another. They're also causing Covid in wild deer the same way.


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