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DNR to offer 2 hunts in December as part of CWD management

DNR to offer 2 hunts in December as part of CWD management Photo: courtesy of viewer Bob Diepenbrock

Updated: November 25, 2019 03:19 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced it will offer two special deer hunts to help combat the spread of chronic wasting disease in the southeast part of the state.

The first hunt will occur Dec. 20 through Dec. 22, and the second hunt will occur Dec. 27 through Dec. 29.

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Those participating will be able to hunt in deer permit areas 643, 646, 647 and 648. Learn more about deer permit areas here.

CWD is a disease of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein - a prion - which can damage brain and nerve tissue.

The disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed prions in saliva, feces, urine and other fluids or tissues, the DNR said. CWD is not known to naturally occur in other animals.

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