DNR: Seven Deer In SE Minn. May Have CWD

Preliminary tests show that seven deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota’s disease management zone during the first firearms deer season may be infected with chronic wasting disease, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said today.

Once all sampling is completed and test results received, the DNR will follow its CWD response plan and determine next steps, which may include boundary changes to area 603 in southeastern Minnesoeta and additional deer hunting opportunities for the public or landowners.

Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager, said it isn’t clear whether the additional positives indicate a westward expansion of the disease or individual deer movements, given that all the presumptive positive deer were adult males.