The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced that 12 additional white-tail deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease from a farm in Beltrami County.
Based on the findings, the BAH has now quarantined five more farmed deer herds due to possible CWD exposure, including herds in Kanabec and Mille Lacs county.
This all follows after an ongoing investigation into the Beltrami County farm yielded a positive CDW case and where deer remains with the disease were discovered on neighboring county-managed land.
The Minnesota DNR believes the new information raises new concerns about CWD in the state and the risk assessment for potential spreading.
The department is looking to address systemic gaps in the farmed deer system and will take a comprehensive approach to protect the health of Minnesota’s wild deer population.