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Monday, January 29 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
SYMPOSIA-03: Responding to a Recent Outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wild Deer in Minnesota

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AUTHORS. Michelle Carstensen, Erik Hildebrand, Lou Cornicelli, Christoper Jennelle, Margaret Dexter, Patrick Hagen - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. In fall 2016, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) sampled 2,966 hunter-harvested white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in southeastern Minnesota. The surveillance effort focused on testing deer within deer permit areas (DPA) in the 300 series zone, in response to increased incidence of CWD in wild deer in both southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Three deer tested positive for the disease in Fillmore County (DPA 348) and MNDNR enacted its CWD Response Plan which called for an immediate ban on recreational deer feeding, a formal survey of the area CWD was found, creation of a disease management zone (DPA 603), and additional sampling efforts to better understand the prevalence and spatial extent of the outbreak. During a winter (January-March 2017) supplemental surveillance effort, an additional 1,179 samples were tested through three operational phases; a special late hunt, landowner shooting permits, and a contract with United States Department of Agriculture–Wildlife Services (USDA-WS) for targeted deer removals. As a result, 8 more CWD positive deer were found. Surveillance efforts for CWD will be intensified in southeastern MN in fall 2017 and also expanded into 2 other areas of the state (Crow Wing and Meeker Counties) where the disease was recently discovered in captive cervid farms.

Monday January 29, 2018 2:40pm - 3:00pm CST