Wildlife officials, Klobuchar press for deer disease funding

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November 26, 2018 11:50 AM

Minnesota wildlife officials and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar are pressing Congress for more funding to monitor chronic wasting disease in the deer herd.

They're also urging the federal Department of Agriculture to develop a national tracking system for the deer disease as well as standards for transporting deer across state lines.

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"What we need to do here is to get to the bottom of what's going on with chronic wasting disease, why we're seeing more of it in Minnesota, and what we can do to stop the spread," Klobuchar said.

She added the disease is threatening Minnesota's $1.3 billion sporting industry.

The Department of Natural Resources says early test results showed hunters in southeastern Minnesota killed at least half a dozen CWD-infected deer this fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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