NDA Supports MN DNR’s Emergency Action to Temporarily Halt Movement of Farmed Deer

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NDA Supports MN DNR’s Emergency Action to Temporarily Halt Movement of Farmed Deer

INDIANA, Pa. – (Ammoland.Com) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) recently issued an emergency rule that places a temporary ban on the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state.

The emergency rule, which was put in place on December 23, 2019, “is a temporary, emergency action to reduce further spread of chronic wasting disease and protect Minnesota’s wild deer,” according to a MDNR press release. The rule comes after a farm-raised white-tailed doe tested positive for CWD in Douglas County in western Minnesota. The farm, a small hobby farm, has provided deer to and received deer from, other farms within the state.

Originally, MDNR put in place a voluntary ban on the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state, but ultimately decided that a mandatory ban for 30 days was the best cause of action.

“We don’t take this action lightly,” MDNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said. She added, “The DNR is committed to proactively addressing CWD and doing everything we can do to protect Minnesota’s deer herd. The Douglas County positive, with its connections to other farms in the state, poses a risk to wild deer that requires emergency action.”

CWD is one of the most significant threats to the future of healthy deer populations, deer hunting, and conservation that we have ever encountered. It is a neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. Infected animals with clinical symptoms become emaciated and exhibit abnormal behavior including lack of fear of people, drastic weight loss, stumbling, listlessness, and loss of bodily functions. It may take more than two years for an infected animal to develop symptoms, but the disease is 100 percent fatal, and there is no known cure.

CWD is highly contagious, and the infectious agent known as prions may be passed in feces, urine, blood, and saliva. Recent research suggests that infected prions can also bind to soils and vegetation where it can be later taken up by animals. Currently, the best way to curb the spread of CWD is to limit or ban the movement and transport of live animals or potentially infected animal parts. “The National Deer Alliance fully supports MDNR’s decision to put in place a temporary ban on the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state,” said NDA policy and outreach coordinator, Torin Miller. “We appreciate the state’s proactive approach to protect wild deer and to take the time necessary to investigate the situation and develop a plan of action.”

CWD was first detected in Minnesota in 2002. Since then, 73 out of more than 90,000 tested wild deer have been confirmed positive for CWD. For a full list of test results, including locations of confirmed positive tests, visit mndnr.gov/cwdcheck.



National Deer Alliance new logoAbout National Deer Alliance: The NDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a mission to serve as the guardian for wild deer conservation and our hunting heritage. Focusing primarily on issues at the policy level, NDA is a leader in advocating for sustainable, science-based conservation of wild deer and fair-chase hunting, and is a source for credible, responsible, and timely information. NDA is an established and respected leader in the fight against chronic wasting disease. Learn more at nationaldeeralliance.com.

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RWJ
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RWJ

Nobody should be able to make money off of any wildlife including captive bred, and threaten an entire population of a state’s wild deer. Pennsylvania is too cowardly to address deer farms. Missouri had the guts to ban these farms altogether.

boilervet
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boilervet

Of course NDA supports putting farmers out of business. The Dnr has no authority to do what they did and will be taken to task. The BOAH is who has jurisdiction over the farmers solely. The DNR cannot make up their own rules or law. Just look at Indiana when they were taken to court over the same issue. DNR has no jurisdiction over Indiana farmers. Minnesota is headed to be another California with wacko liberals ruining the state. When you take out hunters state by state you lose numbers to the already declining hunting industry. Wake up america. Farmed… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@boil, You have touched on so many topics, and been so vague about each that it is difficult to “wake up” to what you are trying to say. Maybe you could pick one and be more specific.

Arny
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Arny

Do we have any idea how this got started ? CWD that is. The real truth. Wouldn’t surprise me to find out the Govt. was & is behind it. Maybe the anti gunners. Why do you need a gun ? You can’t hunt ,no wildlife. Where have all the pheasant gone ? How about the rabbits ? The only thing that’s plentiful right now is squirrels. How long till they attack them ? I know, I’m conspiratorial. lol

Arny
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Arny

From what I was able to research. The disease is believed to have started from Sheep. Scrapie infected sheep heard in Colorado. If this is so then one would think the cure should lie there somehow. But then I’m no biologist. http://www.newspressnow.com/sports/outdoors/petition-seeks-captive-deer-regulation/article_514751cd-1ebc-519c-8d7a-6891b60dc515.html

Lava
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Lava

Prions are abnormal proteins. They aren’t viruses. Mark Purdey’s investigation puts together several factors which are, unfortunately, part of the modern world. The Wikipedia page lists many articles, but the four that lay out his complete theory are Animal Pharm, Maple Grief, Educating Rida, and Auburn University Research Data confirms Purdey’s research data on TSE.