Wildlife

January 8, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has announced additional late season hunts due to the discovery of CWD in a wild deer in Houston County. Hunters will be required to bring in all carcasses to deer check stations for testing of the disease. The hunt includes areas around where the wild deer was caught this year as well as around a farmed cervid facility only nine miles away in Winona County that had deer test positive in 2017.
December 11, 2018
With deer hunting season underway, there is mandatory and voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance testing in designated areas across Minnesota. A wild deer harvested in Houston County, southeast of Rochester, MN, reported a presumptive positive of CWD on November 17.
Tags: Wildlife
November 1, 2018
Lead ammunition is still widely used for hunting and shooting. It is currently likely the greatest source of lead that is knowingly discharged into the environment in the USA.
October 30, 2018
Minnesota’s firearms deer season begins on Saturday, Nov. 3. Arround half a million hunters are expected to participate to the opening weekend.
Tags: Wildlife
September 20, 2018
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a prion disease affecting cervids, was first found in the 1960’s and has since spread to over 20 US states. No cases of human disease have been linked to consuming or handling infected animal products; prion diseases, however, have a notoriously long incubation periods.
June 27, 2018
Kimberly VanderWaal, DVM, PhD, has received funding for a two-year project focused on the creation of a system for surveillance for wildlife health threats within Minnesota.