DNR bans deer-feeding in 5 Minnesota counties in CWD fight

370-square-mile disease management zone announced

The Department of Natural Resources plans to ban deer feeding in five counties, as the agency fights chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota.

The agency announced a 370-square-mile disease management zone, Monday. The deer feeding ban goes into effect later this month in Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, and Winona counties.

The DNR also plans a special late-season deer hunt in the zone, from December 31 through January 15, to help prevent the disease from spreading. Details will be announced later. 

Two deer infected with chronic wasting disease were recently discovered near Lanesboro, the first detection among wild deer in Minnesota since 2010. It’s fatal to deer, moose, and elk.

A public meeting on how landowners and hunters can help the DNR manage the disease will be held Thursday in Preston.

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