Lets not sit back and wait for the DNR to announce their plan. Be sure to write in now and let them know we don't want the same plan as WI.
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A federal laboratory has confirmed a positive test for chronic wasting disease in a white-tailed deer shot by an archery hunter last November near Pine Island, Minn.
It's the first confirmed finding of CWD in a wild deer in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received the confirmation late Tuesday from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory at Ames, Iowa. The result was not unexpected after two preliminary positive tests done by the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota officials had been testing deer in the Pine Island area after four elk in a captive herd tested positive for the disease in 2009. The elk herd was later destroyed.
DNR officials are conducting aerial surveys around Pine Island to identify deer concentrations so more animals can be killed and tested. Landowners are being contacted and will be given special permits to cull deer. That culling likely will begin next week, according to reports.
CWD is fatal to deer, elk and moose but not known to affect human health. The disease is found in 15 states and provinces; it has been found in Colorado and Wyoming for over 30 years and was first found in Wisconsin's wild deer herd in 2002.