Deadly Deer Disease Found in Central Minnesota


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(KNSI) – A deadly deer disease has been found in wild deer for the first time in central Minnesota.

Wildlife managers have confirmed the presence of a chronic debilitating disease in a deer in Crow Wing County, marking the first discovery of a deadly brain disease in the state's wild deer. located at the southeast end of the state.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the deer was found dead half a mile from a farm located near Merrifield, north of Brainerd, where captive deer were tested positive for CWD diagnosis.

The ministry says that it does not appear that the deer has escaped, but officials believe that the farm is the likely source of the infection.

The DNR could sponsor a special hunt to remove deer from the area to stop the spread of the disease.

The disease had already been discovered in wild deer in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties.

Governor Tim Walz will ask the Legislative Assembly $ 4.57 million over the next two years and $ 1.1 million annually thereafter to fight the disease.

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