Deer harvested in Houston County tests presumptive positive for CWD

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December 05, 2018 05:14 PM

The Department of Natural Resources says a wild deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota has tested presumptive positive for chronic wasting disease.

An official confirmation will come later this week, the department said.


The deer was harvested Nov. 17 in Houston County about 9.5 miles from the Wisconsin border. The hunter has been notified and the DNR will collect the meat and carcass.

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According to the DNR, this is the first time the disease has been detected in Houston County since testing began in 2002. If the finding is confirmed, the DNR will issue landowner shooting permits in the area and collect more samples via deer-vehicle collisions or archery harvest.

Eleven other deer harvested from the same property tested negative for chronic wasting disease, the DNR said.

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