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Published February 17, 2011, 04:20 PM

Tests Find no CWD in SE Minnesota So Far

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says tests so far have found no chronic wasting disease in deer in the Pine Island area.

By: Associated Press,

PINE ISLAND, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says tests so far have found no chronic wasting disease in deer in the Pine Island area.

DNR big-game coordinator Lou Cornicelli (korn-ih-SEL'-lee) tells KAGE-AM of Winona that as of Thursday, 240 deer had been tested — all with negative results.

Cornicelli says 300 permits have been issued so far to landowners, allowing them to shoot deer on their property. Sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture also will begin taking deer early next week as the DNR tries to reach its goal of testing 900 adult deer.

The DNR is trying to determine the extent of an outbreak of chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota after a deer killed near Pine Island last fall tested positive for the fatal brain disease.

Chronic wasting affects deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence the disease can spread to humans.

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