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Lawmakers Seek Stronger Action Against Fatal Deer Disease

Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about chronic wasting disease among wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about chronic wasting disease among wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. |  Photo: WDIO

STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
Updated: January 27, 2019 01:24 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Some lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about chronic wasting disease among wild deer in a pocket of southeastern Minnesota.
    
They point to neighboring Wisconsin, where the fatal brain disease is well-established, as an example of what could happen if Minnesota fails to take more aggressive action soon.
    
Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn has introduced a bill to require 10-foot-high double fencing around commercial deer and elk farms to protect wild deer. The Roseville Democrat says she also plans to introduce a sure-to-be controversial measure to allow authorities to kill off infected captive herds.
    
Becker-Finn says this is a disease outbreak and it needs to be fought on multiple fronts.
    
While chronic wasting disease hasn't been shown to infect humans, health officials warn against eating infected animals.

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