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Bob S
09-22-2006, 06:53 PM
After finding bovine tuberculosis in two wild deer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is working on a rule that would ban recreational deer feeding in some areas.

Bovine tuberculosis was detected in five cattle herds in northwest Minnesota earlier this year. In addition, a Lac qui Parle County deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The DNR is asking early season bow-hunters to donate the heads from harvested deer for further monitoring. The DNR hopes to get 4,000 samples from the northwestern region.

Baiting is illegal in Minnesota, but recreational feeding currently is not. The DNR would implement a ban in an effort to prevent the increased chances of nose-to-nose contact between sick and healthy deer.

The DNR hopes to have an emergency rule in place before Thanksgiving.

sandbur
09-23-2006, 07:07 PM
The CWD deer was a game farm deer. Our state has started a program of inspecting fences of game farm deer. Also ,all game farm deer have to be ear tagged and counted every year. All over a certain age that die or are butchered need to be tested for CWD.