The Minnesota CWD Outbreak registered its third case of an infected deer but will not be changing the boundaries of its special hunt.
CWD has been quite a cause for concern this year. The disease is believed to have spread, which has and will probably lead to new preventive measures.
CWD is the chronic waste disease. It was seen to affect deer, moose, and elk specimens. CWD is a fatal neurological disease. More exactly, it was described as a chronic weight loss that leads to death.
The disease has spread amongst both captive and free-ranging deer family populations. It has affected 23 United States-based states, and also 2 Canadian provinces.
Hunters and wildlife authorities are trying to prevent a further spread of the disease. The Minnesota CWD outbreak has, nonetheless, registered a third infected deer.
The news was officially announced on Tuesday by the DNR. DNR is the Department of Natural Resources. This marks the third CWD case in the state.
It is also the first to be registered this year. It is also only the second case in the state to involve a wild deer.
The other Minnesota CWD outbreak wild deer case was reported in 2010. Back then, the respective specimen was detected in the vicinity of Pine Island. Its location is some 40 to 45 miles away from this year’s discovery.
The latest CWD-infected deer was killed in mid-November. Back then, a hunter killed it some 5 miles to the north of the previously registered infected animal locations. Tests were carried based on a sample provided by a taxidermist.
After receiving the results, the DNR confirmed the presence of the disease. As with the previously registered cases, the current one will lead to a special hunt.
On Saturday, the Fillmore County will carry out a special hunt. Its purpose will be to thin out the local whitetail deer population. As such, this should reduce the risks of a CWD outspread amongst the animals.
The Pine Island special hunt killed over 4,000 deer. These were spread throughout a 10-mile radius surrounding the point in which the infected deer was killed.
This year’s location will be quite similar. The Fillmore County special hunt will spread over a similarly large area. This latest southeastern Minnesota infection case will not change the region.
As it was discovered in an already known infected area, the hunt’s boundaries will not be modified. This decision was also made known in the DNR announcement.
The special hunt will begin this Saturday and will last up until January 15. The involved hunters must follow certain rules. For example, they must ask for permission if staging on a privately owned land.
DNR reported its intention of taking out about 900 mature deer from the local herd. They will be doing so by allowing hunters to fill the unused tags left over from the 2016 hunting season. Or they could buy new tags for $2.50.
The DNR also encourages landowners to grant the needed permission and to participate. Starting with January 2016, they will be allowed to take additional deer through the landowner shooting program.
As the hunters will set out, a health warning should also be reinstated. They should refrain from eating the killed animals if they appear to be sick. They should also not eat confirmed CWD-infected meat.
A direct transmission from dear to man has yet to be confirmed. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise against eating such meat.
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