Pine Cone Press-Citizen | Longville, MN
weather sponsored by

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

Local News
Cass County News
Letters to the Editor
Reader Submissions
Community Links
School News
City Council Minutes
Legal Notices
Get Connected In Longville
Photo Gallery
Contact Us

Guidepoint Pharmacy

home : local news : local news
March 22, 2019

2/25/2019 2:55:00 PM
DNR announces CWD response efforts in Crow Wing County

Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering landowner shooting permits and will be working with willing landowners to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove additional deer on their properties.

The DNR is targeting a localized area to remove infected deer. Landowner shooting permits have been mailed to landowners who have 10 or more acres and are located within 2 miles of where the CWD-positive deer was found. These permits go into effect on Saturday, March 2.

The DNR is also hosting a public meeting near Merrifield to provide additional details about its response efforts and answer questions.

The public meeting is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, and will be held at the Woods Restaurant at 19624 County Road 3 north of Brainerd. DNR staff will go over the surveillance results and explain the immediate CWD response efforts planned through early spring.

Representatives from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, which regulates farmed deer and elk, will also present information at the meeting. The venue holds a maximum 300 people. The DNR will make the presentations available online for people who are unable to attend.

Discovery of CWD in Crow Wing County

The Crow Wing County CWD-positive deer, an adult female, was found in Merrifield, north of Brainerd, on Jan. 23. A conservation officer responded to a report of a dead deer less than a mile from a CWD-positive captive cervid facility. The DNR tests suspect deer when possible, especially in areas of high risk. On Feb. 14, test results confirmed the wild deer as positive for CWD.

The DNR began surveillance around the captive cervid facility starting in the 2017 hunting season. Over the last two years, the DNR has sampled more than 8,600 deer in this north-central surveillance zone, with no previous detections of CWD-positive deer.

"Because of support from hunters, we've tested a lot of deer in this area over the past two years with no positives identified," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR wildlife research manager. "We're hopeful that the disease is isolated in this immediate area and we're responding quickly in an attempt to limit the spread and preserve the health of our wild deer population."

CWD affects the cervid family, which includes deer, elk and moose. It is spread through direct contact with an infected deer's saliva, urine, blood, feces, antler velvet or carcass. There is no vaccine or treatment for this disease. For more information on CWD, visit

Bill Hansen Realty

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Site Sponsors
 •  Call Lakeland Promotions 218-363-1000 for all your ad specialty needs

Hackensack Lumber
Lott Excavating
Stepping Stones
Woodland Insurance

Pine Cone Press-Citizen • PO Box 401 • Longville, MN 56655 • Phone: 218-363-2002

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved