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Growing threat: Chronic wasting disease in deer September 5, 2018 Minnesota

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Growing threat: Chronic wasting disease in deer September 5, 2018 Minnesota, Winona Post
... CWD was found for the first time in Minnesota in 2002 at an elk farm in Aitkin County. To date, outbreaks have been detected at seven elk and deer farms across Minnesota, and numerous wild deer have been found with the disease in Fillmore and Olmsted counties... In a report this spring, the Minnesota Legislative Auditor critiqued the BAH for lax regulation of deer and elk farms..,

Elk from Minnesota tests CWD-positive March 3, 2003 Outdoor News
... “When we verify an animal came from that (Stearns County) herd, we quarantine that herd until the animal is tested,” Fritz said.   “If the results are negative, the farm is removed from  quarantine.”  Fritz said trace-outs have taken officials to other states, including Wisconsin...

Deer to be killed near farm with CWD Aug. 31, 2002 Minnesota, Post Bulletin
... first case of chronic wasting disease, found in an elk that was part of a farm-raised herd in Aitkin County ...  Officials believe the Minnesota elk was bought from a Stearns County farm in August 2000.  ... Minnesota has 225 elk farms, 41 white-tailed deer farms and 16 that have a mixture of both. They hold a total of 11,157 elk and 1,468 deer...

The Killer Among Us.  January 31, 2008.  https://www.milwaukeemag.com/TheKillerAmongUs/  
... “Minnesota was so proud it didn’t have any CWD, but they’d only checked 50 deer. And how come Wisconsin is the only state east of the Mississippi that’s found CWD? Because we’re the only one that’s looked for it.” ...

Diseased Elk Found in Manitowoc County March 25, 2003 cwd-info.org
... Gilson said agency officials were not surprised that the disease turned up in a farm-raised elk here, especially considering the animal’s history in Minnesota.  “It’s been primarily a disease of elk out west and, in the wild, in mule deer, but on farms it’s been an elk disease there,” she said. “We weren’t as surprised as we were disappointed.”  Gunderson said the finding means that farmers need to be watchful and keep working with state officials...

... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that an elk from a Stearns County farmed elk herd has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) ...

... 2003    A CWD-positive elk farm in Stearns County discovered. This is a trace-out from the Aitkin County farm.

... Several Democrats in the Minnesota House of Representatives are calling for the president of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to resign over his handling of chronic wasting disease...  first discovered in a farmed deer in Minnesota in 2002 and a wild animal in 2010 ...

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