In yet another case of chronic wasting disease among captive deer facilities, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health has hit a deer farm in Crow Wing County with a quarantine order. The facility, which is home to 33 mule deer and 100 whitetail deer, has been ordered not to allow either the entrance or exit of any of the deer until a proper evaluation is performed.
“We hope the full extent of the infection is evaluated soon so overall disease prevalence can be determined for the remaining animals,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the DNR.
Since a pair of deer tested positive for the degenerative disease, the Board of Animal Health is now working closely with both the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as well as the U.S. Agriculture Department. The goal of the coalition is to determine “the best course of action” for both the deer and the facility.
This news comes after a third deer in the southeastern portion of the state tested positive for the disease in late December, according to the DNR.