ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials say a wild deer taken in Houston County has tested positive for apparent chronic wasting disease.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified, and the DNR is arranging to pick up the meat and carcass.

It’s the first time the neurological disease has been detected in Houston County since testing began in 2002.

If confirmed, the DNR will offer landowner shooting permits in the area around where the deer was harvested.

The buck was harvested 8.5 miles from a Winona County deer farm where a deer tested positive for CWD in 2017.

The disease causes brain lesions in deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence that chronic wasting infects people.

(© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.