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DNR to talk about chronic wasting disease, new regulations in Grand Rapids meeting

Two positive tests over the winter in wild Grand Rapids deer were the first in Northeastern Minnesota.

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The Minnesota DNR will hold an informational meeting Aug. 23 in Grand Rapids to talk about the discovery of chronic wasting disease in area deer and new rules now in effect for hunters.
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is inviting hunters and anyone interested in deer to a public information meeting Aug. 23 to discuss chronic wasting disease in the Grand Rapids area.

The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. in the Chukar Auditorium at the Minnesota North College, formerly Itasca Community College, 1851 East Highway 169.

DNR wildlife health and big game experts will share information about hunting regulation changes and CWD management in the Grand Rapids area and answer questions. You can also register to attend the presentation virtually via Webex at mndnr.gov/CWD .

In March, the DNR confirmed the first case of CWD in Northeastern Minnesota, within the city limits of Grand Rapids in what was deer Permit Area 179 and is now Area 679. Culling efforts to reduce high urban deer densities in the city resulted in an additional CWD-positive deer.

The two confirmed cases of CWD in wild deer prompted the DNR to designate DPA 679 as a new CWD management zone.


Hunting regulations and CWD sampling has changed for hunters this deer season in the Grand Rapids area. Hunters need to know about hunting regulations, CWD testing, carcass movement restrictions, and deer feeding and attractant bans. Hunters can find this information using the DNR’s online DPA lookup tool. Hunters enter their DPA number and can find the details they need for where they hunt. The tool is available at mndnr.gov/CWD/DPA-Lookup.html .

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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