Minnesota DNR Lifting Deer Importation Ban
UNDATED -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is lifting the ban on the importation and movement of farmed deer in Minnesota.
The temporary emergency rule was put into place on October 11th after discovering a Wisconsin farm that tested positive for chronic wasting disease had shipped 387 white-tailed deer to farms in seven states, including Minnesota.
The ban was to help prevent the spread of CWD and protect Minnesota's deer population while the DNR and other agencies studied the situation.
The DNR says it will be lifting the temporary ban on Monday, December 6th after learning that more information won't be obtainable due to lost records, the lack of testing in other states, and other variables in how states monitor their deer populations.
The DNR says, as a result, they cannot fully determine the risk these deer pose to Minnesota's wild and farmed deer populations but will continue to use every tool available to prevent the spread of CWD.
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