Winona, Minn. (WXOW) – Minnesota’s Houston County saw the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) last month. In response, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public information meeting in Winona on Tuesday.
The event educates people on what they should know about the disease as well as state efforts to control numbers.
The Minnesota DNR has kept track of infected populations across the state since 2002 when the disease first appeared in Wisconsin.
Though numbers in Minnesota are lower than in the Dairy State, the Minnesota DNR says people must work together to keep numbers down.
“It isn’t just a deer disease that hunters care about, it’s a public resource that we all share and we all own,” Minnesota DNR Wildlife Health Program Supervisor Michelle Carstensen explains.
“A healthy deer herd is important to everyone. It’s a big economic maker for the state and I think that we have common ground no matter what folks think about extra hunting seasons, where we all want healthy deer.”
Minnesota has two special late season hunts left this year with mandatory CWD testing for all deer.
For testing stations find the Minnesota DNR online.