ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials are taking steps to curb a fatal brain disease among the state’s wild deer.
The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday announced 2019 deer season regulations aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease.READ MORE: 'You Are Not Alone': Domestic Violence Interventionists Highlight Resources After Women Murdered In St. Paul
The agency plans to expand hunting opportunities and bag limits in areas where the disease has been found in wild deer. Officials say harvesting more deer will result in fewer deer in lower densities, reducing chances of the disease being spread.
Another step involves a ban on deer feeding in 18 counties in southeastern and north-central Minnesota and a continued feeding ban in six central counties.READ MORE: Humanitarian Group Creating Homes, 'Sense Of Relief' For Afghan Refugees Heading To Minnesota
The DNR also is limiting movement of deer carcasses.
The disease causes brain lesions in deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence that chronic wasting infects people.MORE NEWS: Opening Statements Start Monday In Federal Trial Of Ex-Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death
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