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Deer Feeding Restricted in Parts of Minnesota

The DNR has imposed a ban on feeding deer in parts of north-central, central, and southeastern Minnesota. The DNR has imposed a ban on feeding deer in parts of north-central, central, and southeastern Minnesota. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

August 29, 2017 11:43 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota conservation officials have expanded a ban on feeding deer after discovering multiple captive deer infected with chronic wasting disease.

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Minnesota Public Radio reports that the state Department of Natural Resources' ban is for more than 10 central and north-central Minnesota counties. It will be in effect until February 2019.

The disease is a fatal brain illness that affects deer, elk and moose. It's not known to impact human health.

The department says it will conduct testing in the affected counties to determine if the disease has spread from captive deer to wild deer.

A department spokesman says not feeding deer will help prevent the spread of the disease.

North-central Minnesota counties affected by the ban are Aitkin, Crow Wing, Morrison, the portion of Cass County south of Minnesota highways 34 and 200, and the portion of Mille Lacs County north of County Road 11.

Central Minnesota counties affected are Kandiyohi, McCloud, Meeker, Stearns, Wright, and the portion of Renville County north of U.S. Highway 212.

In southeastern Minnesota, a ban on deer feeding and deer attractants that has been in place since December 2016 remains in effect through Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The affected counties in that area are Fillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Mower, and Winona.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News


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