DNR on watch for chronic wasting disease in SE Minn.
St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife officials will be checking again this hunting season for chronic wasting disease among deer in a pocket of southeastern Minnesota.
The area is near Pine Island, north of Rochester, where captive elk infected with the disease were discovered in 2009.
The Department of Natural Resources will be taking lymph node samples at deer registration stations in southeastern Minnesota again this year to try to ensure no wild deer were infected. Tests on 2,685 deer harvested in the area last fall were negative.
Chronic wasting disease has not been found in wild deer in Minnesota so far. More than 32,000 deer have been tested statewide since it was detected in Wisconsin in 2002. The Centers for Disease Control says there's no link between CWD and any neurological disease in humans.
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