After a chronic wasting disease (CWD)-infected deer was found on a Pine County farm in January, a town hall meeting has been set for the public to meet with government officials to discuss the official  response. 

Experts from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will share information and take questions at a meeting on Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Pine Government Center 1602 Hwy 23 N in Sandstone.

The meeting will include an overview of CWD, Board of Animal Health response efforts, a description of the epidemiological investigation process, the DNR response to CWD detections on a farm and an open forum for questions.

The herd in Pine County was investigated because it provided animals to a Douglas County herd in the past, including a CWD positive doe.

Michael Crusan, communications director at the Minnesota Board of Animal Health said that the outbreak took place on a farm in eastern Pine County, and that due to state privacy rules they could not give any more specific information about the location of the farm.

Any person needing accomodations to attend this meeting is asked to contact Michael Crusan 651-201-6815 or michael.crusan@state.mn.us

The DNR expanded deer feeding bans in central Minnesota starting Monday, Feb. 24, due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019. New counties included in the deer feeding ban are: Carlton, Chisago, Douglas, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine and Pope.

For more information on chronic wasting disease, visit mndnr.gov/cwd.

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