Minnesota Deer Population: About 950,000 deer in 2020, 935,000 in 2019, and 960,000 in 2018. Mild winters in 2020-21 and 2021-22 except in the north with overall populations about stable. A modest downward trend from an estimated population of 1 million deer in 2016 and 2017. Up from about 850,000 deer in 2015, 800,000 in 2014. DNR's 2021-22 deer forecast. A hard 2018-19 winter dramatically reduced the population in the north Mild winters and fewer antlerless permits account for the upward trend into 2018, numbers still down in the northeast. The deer harvest peaked in 2003 and the population trended down from then into 2013.


Minnesota Deer News

Nearly all Minnesota deer exposed to pesticides linked to pollinator die-off September 10, 2022 StarTribune

... pesticides linked to bee, butterfly and pollinator deaths across the nation are being found in the organs of far more of Minnesota's wild deer, and in higher concentrations, than previously thought. State biologists found neonicotinoids in nearly all — 94% — of deer spleens collected from road kill ...


Minnesota DNR shares changes to upcoming deer hunting season September 9, 2022 WTIP

... Deer populations along the North Shore and the greater Superior Uplands Arrowhead region have steadily declined. And after a harsh winter, deer populations show no signs of improvement...


Apply for the Deer Advisory Committee through Sept. 19 September 8, 2022 Minnesota DNR News

... We’re recruiting new members to serve on the statewide Deer Advisory Committee, a public advisory group that meets to discuss deer management issues... More information about the Deer Advisory Committee, including how to apply for it, can be found on the DNR deer advisory committee webpage...


Trouble for Bambi: Neonic Levels in Wild Deer Spiking in Minnesota, Raising Concerns for Hunters and Conservationists September 7, 2022 Beyond Pesticides

... Neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticides are causing widespread contamination within deer populations in Minnesota, with recent data showing significant increases over sampling that took place just two years earlier...


DNR announces changes to deer hunting in Grand Rapids August 23, 2022 Minnesota, CBS 3 Duluth

... a deer in the Grand Rapids area tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD. The DNR quickly killed off 54 deer in and around the town, submitting all of them for testing. One other deer tested positive for the disease...


Data show increasing insecticide levels in Minnesota deer August 23, 2022 MPR News

... Researchers found the insecticide in 61 percent of 799 deer spleens tested in 2019. But the chemical was found in 94 percent of 496 samples collected in 2021..,


DNR announces CWD sampling changes August 13, 2022 Minnesota, Pilot Independent

... Hunters will be able to submit samples through taxidermists who are partnering with the DNR or by dropping off deer heads at self-service sampling stations. Other options available include using mail-in kits (hunters remove the lymph nodes from deer themselves), dropping by one of the DNR-staffed sampling stations during the opening weekend of firearms season, or making appointments at area wildlife offices ...


New deer season regulations offer ample opportunities for northwest Minnesota August 5, 2022

Yahoo! Sports

... in the far northwest were ... mortality wasn't as much of a factor as maybe a lot of us thought going into deer season-setting ... "When we get into that farm country, the habitat just isn't there, and that's a big part of it," Klemek said. "The deer permit areas there are managed, typically, more restricted." ...


The hunt is on: Rochester's first deer archery hunt starts in September August 4, 2022 Minnesota, StarTribune

... Over 200 deer-related vehicle accidents were reported in Rochester in 2021 ... DNR officials expect to keep local deer population about the same over the next decade, as hunters largely thought there were too few deer and landowners thought there were too many. As their natural environment dwindles, deer have adapted to rural and urban areas...


Fewer Minnesota doe permits in some areas after deep-snow winter August 1, 2022 Duluth News Tribune

... Deer hunters across Minnesota will have about the same opportunities to bag a deer or two this fall compared to last, except in parts of northern Minnesota, where a deep-snow winter pushed the Department of Natural Resources to reduce the number of antlerless deer permits in an effort to rebuild the herd..,


Chronic Wasting Disease, DNR announces CWD sampling changes August 1, 2022 EIN Presswire

... the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is broadening the options this year for hunters to get their deer tested for CWD... Hunters will be able to submit samples through taxidermists who are partnering with the DNR or by dropping off deer heads at self-service sampling stations. Other options available include using mail-in kits ...


State of Wolves: 5 key takeaways July 9, 2022 Star Tribune

... Minnesota is the only place in the contiguous United States to never kill all its wolves... several hundred survived deep in the northern woods ... More than 2,700 wolves live in Minnesota ... Their effect on deer populations also has not changed since the late 1990s..,


However vague, there's movement in state's most recent wolf management plan July 2, 2022 Minnesota, StarTribune

... "Among the collared cow moose in our study group this spring, 100 percent of calves suffered mortality," said Seth Moore, director of biology and environment for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. "About half were killed by wolves and about half by bears. Because of the tough winter, we also had some stillborn calves." ...


Crow Wing County abandons deer carcass incineration as effort to prevent CWD spread June 28, 2022 Minnesota, Brainerd Dispatch

... whether the incinerator is in use or not, the landfill would continue to accept deer carcasses to try to keep prions out of the environment. “It’s just those unknown, what-if concerns about, what if these prions end up going into our landfill leachate?” Simonson said, referencing the runoff created when rainwater filters through waste ...


Fawns collared, tracked for second year as part of long-term study June 13, 2022 Minnesota DNR News

... With the aid of a contracted drone pilot, the research team locates fawns, usually one to five days old, in their natural habitat. From there, a team of three to four people on the ground locates and captures the fawn to check length, weight and overall health while also slipping on a flexible GPS collar that expands as the young deer grows...


Fawn rescued from forest fire near Nevis Park June 7, 2022 Minnesota, Rapids Enterprise

... The fawn was in immediate danger. She already had some singe marks on the back of her neck ... they arranged for a volunteer from Northwoods Wildlife Rescue to meet her at their rehab facility...


New funding expands chronic wasting disease research June 2, 2022 Minnesota, MPR News

... "We successfully developed a prototype. We were the first team to test for CWD within 24 hours in the field," said Peter Larsen, co-director of the University of Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach... The test still needs to be validated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a process that will take at least a year...


Archery hunt in Rochester parks proposed to control deer May 14, 2022 Post Bulletin

... 268 deer-related vehicle collisions last year... “I’ve heard many complaints about property damage ...


Legislation needed to stem the spread of chronic wasting disease May 8, 2022 Minnesota, InForum

... DFL Sen. Karla Bigham introduced an amendment that would have put a moratorium on new deer farms, while allowing for currently operating farms to be passed down to family, restricted the importation of deer from states or provinces with positive CWD cases, and included some new testing regulations for deer farms but did not restrict intra state transport... [didn't pass with these restrictions] ...


Deer shot in Grand Rapids was positive for chronic wasting disease May 4, 2022 Minnesota, Echo Press

... One of the 54 deer shot by sharpshooters in recent weeks did indeed test positive for chronic wasting disease ... The culling and testing effort came after a car-killed deer that was tested in March came back positive for CWD...


Winter conditions keep grip Up North, but whitetails show resilience April 21, 2022 Star Tribune

... weather-related fawn deaths have been reported sporadically across the northern tier ... under conditions that have hampered their mobility and feeding ... For moose in the region ... this spring's deep snow could bring a blessing by suppressing reproduction of ticks that feed on them ...


White-tailed buck, moose antlers shed over winter exposed for picking April 9, 2022 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... Some people collect sheds to make money, and there are buyers paying big bucks for sheds used to make decorations, for dog chews and for medicinal purposes ... It's illegal to shed hunt in all national parks, Minnesota state parks and state Scientific and Natural Areas...


Minnesota Researchers Will Count Dead Deer to Prevent Future Vehicle Collisions April 7, 2022 Field & Stream

... Drivers officially report 2,000 deer-vehicle collisions to authorities in Minnesota each year. Yet, State Farm records show 42,874 claims in the state last year alone... By gathering better data, the study ultimately hopes to reduce the number of collisions ...


Prohibiting PFAS, regulating farmed white-tailed deer key points in omnibus environment bill April 5, 2022 Minnesota House of Representatives - Minnesota Legislature

... The farmed Cervidae, including white-tailed deer, provisions would include having owners immediately notify the DNR if a farmed cervid escapes and is not returned or captured within 24 hours, require perimeter fencing for farmed cervids, prohibit intentional movement of the animals unless certain criteria are met and require owners of farmed white-tailed deer to test their herd for chronic wasting disease...


Minnesota lawmakers would ban new captive deer farms to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease April 4, 2022 StarTribune

... Both Republicans and Democrats in the House have proposed moratoriums on new whitetail farms, which have been hotbeds for the always-fatal CWD ... There are about 150 deer and elk farms in Minnesota, down from 400 in 2005..,


Another tough winter for northern Minnesota deer March 20, 2022 Duluth News Tribune

... this is now the sixth winter out of the past 10 that has been unusually snowy in parts of northern Minnesota, a string not seen since the 1970s ... Repeatedly snowy winters have prevented Arrowhead region deer numbers from rebounding over the past decade ...


Minnesota lawmakers drop deer farmer provision from $10 million drought aid bill March 22, 2022 Duluth News Tribune

... $500,000 specifically for deer farmers affected by extreme drought conditions last year. The provision drew opposition from Democrats who control the Minnesota House of Representatives ...


Video Below: Presentation by Ryan Rothstein, Kanati Wildlife Consulting LLC. Part of the Minnesota Woodland Owner Workshop series,. Posted March 21, 2022

Wild deer with Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in Grand Rapids March 22, 2022 Minnesota, Bring Me The News

... The Minnesota DNR said the CWD case — the first detected in a wild deer in that specific permit area — was confirmed March 15, about a month after the animal's carcass was discovered in the backyard of a Grand Rapids home...


White-tailed deer farmers could get financial help after feeling impacts of movement bans March 16, 2022 Minnesota House of Representatives - Minnesota Legislature

... HF3903, sponsored by Rep. John Burkel (R-Badger), would appropriate $1 million to the Department of Agriculture to reimburse farmers for expenses and lost revenue due to the temporary movement bans. Payments of up to $10,000 would be on a first-come, first-served basis ...


CWD, County concerned about CWD March 14, 2022 Minnesota, Grand Rapids Herald-Review

... Commissioners voted to send a letter of support to state legislators ... We support the current legislative language proposed in HF 2814 and SF 3037 as well as legislation to prohibit new captive deer farms ...


CWD, Proposed moratorium on new deer farms moves on to environment committee March 7, 2022. Minnesota House of Representatives

... “Chronic wasting disease is a strong focus ... the DNR and the Board of Animal Health issued their joint report finding that there was about a 34% infraction rate on their inspected farms. These included inadequate fencing, inadequate gates, refusing inspection. We believe we’ve reached the point where the wild deer herd is under significant threat.” ...


Minnesota's winter's severity burdening deer Up North March 4, 2022 StarTribune

... From the southern boundary of Crow Wing County to the tip of the Northwest Angle, Minnesota's whitetail deer have been battling winter conditions considered severe or well on their way to becoming severe ... scattered reports of fawns dying from starvation ...


The Uncertain Future of the Minnesota Moose Population February 23, 2022 Field & Stream

... the state ’s moose population fell 66 percent between 2006 and 2013, from 9,000 to under 3,000...For the nine years since, the population has remained stable... Decades of milder winters ... the tick population goes up... moose with thousands of ticks on them ...


Deep snow, subzero nights work against northern Minnesota deer again February 19, 2022 TwinCities.com

... the region’s white-trailed deer are likely to feel the impacts of yet another harsh winter... “Deer appear to be struggling as we approach close to two feet of snow on the ground, and a lot of winter left,” Fondie wrote in his report this week. “Wolf activity is plentiful.” ...


Is Wyoming's present Minnesota's future? One deer herd more than 60% CWD infected February 17, 2022 Minnesota, StarTribune

... CWD outbreaks often occurring close to ''captive cervid'' operations, as deer and elk farms are known... As CWD spreads, it will turn hunters off to hunting while also reducing hunting opportunities...


Hines deer farmer fights Board of Animal Health after illegal dumping of CWD-infected deer carcasses February 9, 2022 Minnesota, The Bemidji Pioneer

... The owner of the Hines deer farm, whose herd was infected with chronic wasting disease in early 2021 ... is refusing to pay for a $194,000 exclusionary fence constructed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ...


Deer continue to thrive in Mankato February 6, 2022 Minnesota, Yahoo News

... Hunters have turned 514 deer within Mankato's city limits into venison since a special archery hunt was instituted in 2003... An aerial survey of deer by the Department of Natural Resources two years ago counted 166 making their home in Mankato. That's substantially more than the 137 counted by the DNR in 2004 ...


Minnesota DNR calls for tougher deer farm rules to fight chronic wasting disease February 2, 2022 The Derrick

... The recommendations stem from inspections of 50 deer farms toward the end of last year.

According to the report, inspectors found 17 violations of rules designed to keep CWD from spreading inside farms and outward, to wild deer. Ten of the farms had inadequate fencing ...


Minnesota DNR calls for tougher deer farm regulations February 1, 2022 StarTribune

... The recommendations stem from inspections of 50 deer farms toward the end of last year. According to the report, inspectors found 17 violations of rules designed to keep CWD from spreading inside farms and outward, to wild deer. Ten of the farms had inadequate fencing ...


Alexandria seeks input on possible deer hunt in city limits February 1, 2022 Minnesota, Echo Press

... The Alexandria City Council looked into the idea of a hunt last year but ultimately decided not to pursue it until safety issues were addressed...


DNR tells hunters to get used to low deer numbers in northeast January 28, 2022 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... Never mind the odds are stacked against the state's remnant moose population. Shorter, warmer winters. Tick infestations. Wolves. Bears. Liver flukes. Bacterial infections... But it's deer the DNR has in its moose-benefiting crosshairs, saying — correctly — that while whitetails can carry (and spread) brainworm benignly, the parasite poses a major threat to moose survival in the northeast...


Public input is needed for the state's deer population goals January 26, 2022 Minnesota, Southwest Media

... Details about each goal block, how to participate in the process, the webinar schedule and how to access the questionnaire are listed on the DNR’s website at mndnr.gov/mammals/deer/management/population... The new format allows more participants and encourages varied perspectives...


University of Minnesota study tests wildlife for SARS-CoV-2 virus January 26, 2022 University of Minnesota Twin Cities

... Nine of 142 (6.3%) wild deer tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Testing was performed at the University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Genomics Center...


Why Is Deer Hunting in the Northwoods on the Decline? And Will It Ever Rebound? -January 24, 2022 Outdoor Life

... Whitetail numbers are down in the Northwoods of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Here’s how wolves, winter, and habitat all play a complex role in the decline ...


Minnesota deer farmer fights state over illegal carcass dump January 6, 2022 StarTribune

... a $194,000 fence that state wildlife officials built around a swath of public forest where the man admittedly dumped his farm's dead deer, creating a biohazard...


New deer feeding ban takes effect in northern Minnesota December 30, 2021 MPR News

... comes in response to chronic wasting disease found in two northern Minnesota locations this year...


As anglers and hunters drop out, DNR seeks more sustainable funding December 17, 2021 Minnesota, southernminn.com

... for decades the state has relied on license and registration fees and taxes on equipment to fund a significant portion of its natural resource conservation and management... As more and more anglers and hunters stop fishing and hunting, there are fewer people replacing them...


Readers agree: NE Minnesota deer are scarce — or worse December 12, 2021 Star Tribune

... Considered a crisis by many who live Up North, the deer scarcity is adversely affecting the region's economy and culture... intermittent tough winters. But their low numbers also reflect the region's intensified timber cuttings, which too rarely consider wildlife's welfare in their designs...


More sparks but no fire in DNR's ongoing fight against chronic wasting disease December 9, 2021 Star Tribune

... surveillance in the southeast continues to show CWD persisting, but at a low rate – with less than 1% of submitted samples testing positive. Statewide since 2010, DNR has detected CWD in 136 wild deer..,


DNR drops plan to end CWD testing after another deer tests positive near Brainerd December 7, 2021 Minnesota, Yahoo News

... The positive finding ended a streak of three years when a mix of mandatory and voluntary tissue sampling found no signs ... the disease showed up in just one of 1,234 hunter-harvested deer tested in the Brainerd area ...


CWD Found in Brainerd Lakes Area Deer, Extends Management to 2024 December 6, 2021 Minnesota, Lakeland Public Television

... a white-tail deer has tested positive for Chronic Waste Disease ... the disease had not been detected there since a wild doe tested positive in 2019. That initial discovery in wild deer came after testing in 2016 revealed that a deer farm within permit area 604 was infected with CWD..,


Tough winters, hungry wolves, habitat losses: Why deer numbers in the northeast remain low December 4, 2021 Minnesota, StarTribune

... several consecutive mild winters might be needed to increase northern Minnesota deer populations "above the point where they outproduce what predators can consume.'' ... We need 40 to 60 percent canopy closure for deer yards and other areas that winter deer. That's hard to get when the majority of aspen stands are being harvested at 45 years.'' ...


Minnesota DNR Lifting Deer Importation Ban December 2, 2021 WJON

... The temporary emergency rule was put into place on October 11th after discovering a Wisconsin farm that tested positive for chronic wasting disease had shipped 387 white-tailed deer to farms in seven states, including Minnesota...


Minnesota Hunters Shot Fewer Deer Again This Year November 28, 2021 RecentlyHeard

... registering 130,820 deer statewide, down 8 percent from 2020 and off 10 percent from the five-year average... all of northeastern Minnesota, were down 6 percent from 2020 and down a whopping 35 percent from the five-year average, likely because far fewer doe permits were issued after a string of tough, deep-snow winters held deer populations down ...


Deer harvest up in area, but population goals not overshot November 26, 2021 Minnesota, West Central Tribune

... The wildlife manager suspects a couple of factors kept the overall harvest from increasing as much as it could have with the more liberal limits. There remains a strong bias for bucks among hunters, and no doubt many did not harvest does in favor of waiting for the buck they wanted...


Two key reasons lower Minnesota deer registrations November 23, 2021 INFORUM

... final registrations for the 100 series management units, which includes all of northeastern Minnesota, were down 6% from 2020 and down a whopping 35% from the five-year average, likely because far fewer doe permits were issued after a string of tough, deep-snow winters held deer populations down, especially north of Duluth...


The Minnesota moose population appears to be at risk November 13, 2021 Bemidji Pioneer

... Most wildlife research biologists believe that a changing and warming climate is the primary reason for Minnesota’s declining moose population... Plagued by parasites, disease, predators, harsh weather, habitat loss and shortages of preferred forage and needed minerals ...


Opening weekend deer harvest, license sales down from 2020 November 9, 2021 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... down 11 % from 2020 ... 15% from the five-year average ... My guess is that the warm weather this weekend played a role in lower harvest,’’ said Barb Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader. “Although 2020 conditions were also very warm. ... License sales have been the same as last year, though...


Minnesota deer hunters go afield with optimism, and for good reason November 7, 2021 The Globe

... “We’ve got good habitat here and good deer numbers. ... Without question, the major challenge facing the deer herd is that posed by chronic wasting disease. The fact that our overall herd health is good is due to the efforts to control the spread of the disease...


Suspected case of chronic wasting disease found in northwestern Minnesota deer November 3, 2021 MPR News

... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting the first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer along the state’s western border... the preliminary test results strongly indicate a CWD infection...


Bemidji, Determing density: BSU students participate in annual city-wide deer surveys November 3, 2021 Yahoo

... "Each time we spot a deer we're going to put a time down, take a reading of the distance of how far they are from the road in yards with the rangefinder, a GPS way-point of where it was spotted ... "The reason we do this for the city is because they base the archery hunts off of this,"...


Hunters want more 'urgency' in state's CWD response October 29, 2021 Minnesota, MPR News

... the Department of Natural Resources found carcasses of deer dumped by a nearby deer farmer in violation of state regulations... The farm near Hines had received deer from a southeastern Minnesota farm where CWD was later identified...


EHD, Minnesota Zoo tests vaccine against spread of emerging deer virus October 26, 2021 Star Tribune

... epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) — killed four of the zoo's reindeer last year... Zoo veterinarians tested a new vaccine this summer on roughly 30 of their animals ... It's too early to tell if the vaccinations were successful ...


Hunters: Please help us assess neonicotinoid exposure in deer October 19, 2021 Minnesota, DNR News

The DNR is continuing research to screen hunter-harvested deer for the presence of neonicotinoids.

Neonicotinoids, often referred to as “neonics,” are the most widely used class of insecticides worldwide. The goal for this fall is to collect additional samples from select deer permit areas (DPAs) to confirm results from 2019, when the DNR first began the study, and use the information to select future potential study sites for additional research that will assess the effects of neonicotinoids on white-tailed deer survival and behavior.

The sample needed for testing is the spleen. The spleen is large, flat and dark red. It’s attached to the rumen (stomach) of a deer and easily found while field-dressing. If you hunt in DPA 234, 237, 295, 296, 241, 214, 239, 240, 604, 172, 171 or 179 and are interested in participating, sign up at this link.


Deer deaths in Houston and Winona counties caused by midge-borne virus October 19, 2021 Minnesota, DNR News

The DNR has confirmed two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in wild white-tailed deer in Minnesota. EHD is a viral disease of deer and some livestock that is spread by a biting insect called a midge. The DNR received reports of deer deaths throughout September in both Houston and Winona counties, amounting to over 20 animals...


What Minnesota deer hunters can expect this season October 18, 2021 Minnesota DNR News

... Overall deer populations are strong throughout the southern region... Deer populations are robust in the central Minnesota and are above to well-above goal levels ... Areas farther north with extensive public lands are still struggling to recover from past harsh winters..,


DNR's latest crackdown on deer farms could halt movement of captive whitetails for more than a year October 12, 2012 Minnesota, StarTribune

... the latest ban against the intra-state movement of farmed deer and the ban against imports from out of state could last as long as 15 months, up to a year longer than the previous two movement bans combined. The action comes as the DNR investigates CWD's known spread in Minnesota ...


Minnesota halts deer importation, movement within state October 11, 2021 SFGate

... to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease from deer farms and protect the state's wild deer herd...


Coalition seeks to end deer farming in Minnesota October 2, 2021 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

... The CWD Action Coalition says captive cervid operations have been a major vector for the spread of CWD across Minnesota... "That puts the health of our wild deer, our state's hunting traditions, and the economy that supports deer hunting at great risk," ... The coalition issued a position statement on CWD and deer farming ...


Officials discuss impact of chronic wasting disease on land, hunting season in Beltrami County October 2, 2021 Minnesota,YAHOO!News

... Beltrami County detected its first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in a farmed deer herd. Despite efforts to contain this rare yet highly contagious disease through quarantine and herd depopulation, the illegal disposal of infected carcasses on county land spurred additional concerns ...


‘Extremely Concerning’: Wisconsin Farm Where Chronic Wasting Disease Was Detected Sent Deer To Minnesota September 28, 2021 CBS Minnesota

... two Minnesota deer farms received deer from a Wisconsin farm where chronic wasting disease was reportedly detected last month... sold nearly 400 deer to 40 farms across seven states in the past five years ...


Deer population numbers stay steady, despite CWD concerns September 25, 2021 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin

.... the DNR has found more than 100 cases so far out of about 90,000 tested statewide. ... “The most recent goal-setting process had goals of 20-25 deer per square mile,” according to the DNR. “Our deer model shows that most of the population trends for (the southeastern region) are, at a minimum, stable, if not growing.” ...


Mankato in-city archery deer hunting season aims to control deer population September 23, 2021 Minnesota, KEYC

... The city deer hunt has been in place since 2003...


Managing Chronic Wasting Disease in farmed and wild deer population September 22, 2021 Minnesota, KARE 11

... a farmer had dumped deer carcasses in a nearby area... the dumped carcasses were positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, prompting the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to erect a fence around the area in Beltrami County...


Hunting season is coming; have dry conditions impacted this year's hunt? September 16, 2021 Minnesota, KBJR 6

..."For the most part, I'm not anticipating there'll be significant impacts to our deer population here in Minnesota due to the drought," Keller said. According to Keller, the more temperate weather last winter helped deer populations thrive..,


St. Louis County calls for statewide action on chronic wasting disease September 14, 2021 Minnesota, Southern Minn

... St. Louis County Commissioners on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on cervid farms. Those are farms that raise primarily deer and elk in captivity. There are 257 cervid farms in Minnesota and 172 that raise captive white-tailed deer ..,


DNR invites deer hunters to share their wildlife observations September 13, 2021 Minnesota DNR News |

... Using a mobile device or desktop computer, hunters can enter information on the DNR website about wildlife they see during each day of hunting including deer, turkeys, bears, fishers and other species. Hunters also will be able to report specific information about any deer they harvest, including antler size... The DNR uses the results from this crowdsourced data collection effort to compare what hunters see to population estimates ...


See an elk? Let us know! August 27, 2021 Minnesota, DNR News

You can now report elk sightings online, which helps the DNR better understand elk movement and distribution. While the tool will not show elk reports prior or during the elk hunting season, you may submit your elk sighting at any point during the year...


DNR keeps a lid on area deer permits August 25, 2021 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News

... Last year’s exceptionally mild winter isn’t translating into more generous bag limits for deer hunters this fall, at least here in northeastern Minnesota.... “We can no longer carry the deer that we once did,” said Rusch, adding that lack of good winter cover on public lands, as a result of shorter forest rotations on state lands, is making deer more vulnerable to winter conditions as well as predators..,


Minnesota DNR releases details on mandatory testing in chronic wasting disease zones this season August 24, 2021 Grand Forks Herald

... Chronic wasting disease testing for deer harvested in certain deer permit areas will once again be mandatory for specified weekends of the 2021 deer hunting season...


New Regulations Could Lead to Larger Deer Harvest August 6, 2021 Minnesota, WJON News

... Most areas across Central the Minnesota DNR permit will allow for up to 3 deer during the firearms season... the deer population in Central Minnesota has exceeded the amount the DNR would like to see...


Key CWD changes for the 2021 season July 29, 2021 Minnesota DNR News

Mandatory sampling of deer harvested in chronic wasting disease zones will resume this year during the opening weekends of both firearms A and B seasons.

The names of the zones are simplified to three tiers: management zone, control zone and surveillance zone... [graphic from DNR]

New Minnesota deer regulations posted online; license sales start Sunday July 27, 2021 News 8000

... “Overall, bag-limit designations for this year are similar to last year, with a few changes in certain areas to move populations toward goal.” ... The handbook is on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ deer hunting web page...


Hunters can begin planning with the 2021 deer hunting season details July 26, 2021 Minnesota, EIN News

... a shift to a five-deer bag limit in areas that were previously under an unlimited antlerless bag limit. The unlimited antlerless bag limit was traditionally used to increase harvest and reduce deer densities to limit disease spread in disease management zones and manage urban deer issues in the metro deer permit area...


Lax Pesticide Policies Are Putting Wildlife Health at Risk, Experts Warn July 14, 2021, Minnesota, National Audubon Society

... Among nearly 800 white-tailed deer spleens mailed to a Minnesota state lab in 2019 ... 61 percent ... were found to contain pesticides called neonicotinoids ... captive deer exposed to neonics—at far lower levels than found in the Minnesota wild deer spleens—suffered reduced fawn survival, altered organ weights, and developmental and behavioral abnormalities....


Minnesota deer hunters group wants to end deer farming July 9, 2021 Duluth News Tribune

... the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association says repeated chronic wasting disease outbreaks on deer farms threaten the future of hunting... wants to ban transportation of farmed deer within the state, except deer going directly to slaughter, and ban any new farmed deer from entering the state...


Law change aims to help contain chronic wasting disease in Minnesota July 7, 2021 Southernminn.com

... gives the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources authority to inspect farms where deer are raised, a fundamental change at a time when deer herds, wild and tame, are threatened by an always-fatal disease... 174 farms that raise white-tailed deer in captivity..,


Democrats call for Board of Animal Health president to resign over CWD June 30, 2021 Minnesota, Bring Me The News

... 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 ..,


Deer farming drives predicament over CWD-infested dump site on public land June 11, 2021 Mionnesota, StarTribune

... the always fatal neurological disease has traveled to Beltrami County by virtue of commercial deer farming... the DNR is racing to build a fence around public land where the heavily infected deer farm dumped carcasse ...


Minnesota Deer Farmers Association opposes Minnesota's DNR Emergency Rule June 9, 2021 Herald Review

... The Minnesota Deer Farmers Association (MDFA) opposes the Minnesota Depemergency rule temporarily prohibiting the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state, effective through the end of July 2021. Preventing and minimizing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease ...


Walz supports CWD measure to transfer oversight June 8, 2021 Minnesota, International Falls Journal

... Gov. Tim Walz Tuesday announced his support of a proposal to transfer state oversight of cervid farms from the Board of Animal Health to the Department of Natural Resources. The move is one of many steps lawmakers are considering to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease ...


DNR stresses urgency in addressing Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota June 5, 2021 Country Messenger

... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced that 12 additional white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) as part of its ongoing investigation of a farm in Beltrami County. The DNR believes the situation at the Beltrami County deer farm significantly changes the risk assessment and concern about CWD in Minnesota...,


Deer farmers reject DNR's emergency rule pausing movement of deer amid CWD spread June 2, 2021 Minnesota, The Globe

... the Minnesota Deer Farmers Association (MDFA) said it opposes the emergency rule... a statewide ban on the movement of farmed white-tailed deer ... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health regulates the state’s 259 captive elk and deer herds. The agency says currently 174 farms have white-tailed deer ..,

Minnesota DNR issues temporary ban on movement of farmed deer to protect state's wild deer June 1, 2021 Pine Journal

... The CWD detections at the Beltrami County farm, its connections to other farms in the state and the additional contamination outside of the farm, pose a risk to wild deer that requires emergency action.” ...


More bad news for bees and deer May 29, 2021 Minnesota, The Courier

... the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has found evidence of neonicotinoids inside deer in the state’s deepest and most remote forests... Neonicotinoids are a type of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine ...


12 more Beltrami County deer test positive for CWD May 25, 2021 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... The Beltrami County herd was quarantined last October after receiving a deer from a potentially infected herd in Winona County ... “We have currently quarantined five additional registered farm cervidae herds in different counties throughout the state — Hennepin, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Mower,” ...


Research team finds additional CWD prions at dump site of Beltrami County deer farm May 20, 2021 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... University of Minnesota researchers using forensic science techniques has documented the presence of prions that cause chronic wasting disease at a remote Beltrami County site where a nearby deer farm discarded white-tailed deer carcasses ...


Infected deer farm, dumping pose threat to northern Minnesota's deer population May 18, 2021 Yahoo

...State wildlife officials are scrambling to protect northern Minnesota's wild deer population from a defunct Beltrami County deer farm that became infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) and dumped at least 10 deer carcasses on nearby public land...


CWD, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen talks budget priorities in interview May 14, 2021 Grand Forks Herald

... The recent discovery of CWD in a farmed deer in Beltrami County – the farthest north the fatal deer disease has been documented in Minnesota – adds a further sense of urgency to the DNR’s CWD management efforts, Strommen said. “That’s such a geographic jump in where we have seen the disease ..,


Alexandria residents support city deer hunt to stop property damage April 26, 2021 Minnesota, Echo Press

... The Alexandria City Council has been researching the possibility of a municipal deer hunt for months after receiving several complaints from residents about the number of deer in the city limits and the damage they're causing to private property...


Development of field test for CWD comes as its threat grows April 23, 2021 Minnesota, West Central Tribune

... A team at the University of Minnesota has developed a deployable field test for Chronic Wasting Disease ... Current testing does not allow us to detect early stage infections in deer, Larsen told the committee. As a result, “we’re always two or three years behind the enemy.” ...


CWD reaches a new Minnesota northern limit with discovery of deer disease in Beltrami County April 21, 2021 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

...discovered in a dead, commercialized white-tailed deer inside the fence of a farm recently cited for a record-keeping violation... coming will be a ban throughout Beltrami County to stop public feeding of deer ...


University of Minnesota researchers develop novel, field-deployable test for CWD April 19, 2021 Minnesota, umn.edu

... the new test is also a lot cheaper than those using traditional equipment and uses field-deployable equipment to garner preliminary results in just 24 hours...


Minnesota Valley and Sherburne National Wildlife Refuges propose changes to hunting programs April 16, 2021 Minnesota, redlakenationnews.com

... Closing regular firearm white-tail deer season on 3,062 acres for safety reasons. The refuge will still be open to the regular deer archery season and will allow for a special muzzloader hunt through special use permits...


Voyageurs wolf gets his own collar-cam April 14, 2021 Minnesota, YAHOO!News

... the first known video from a collar camera placed on a live wild wolf... more than four hours of video of the wolf gnawing on a deer leg, eating fish, watching birds, walking in the woods and — most of all — sleeping...


DNR plans surveillance effort after domestic deer in Beltrami County tests positive for CWD April 7, 2021 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin

... a 3-year-old white-tailed doe at a Beltrami County farm has been confirmed positive for CWD... a 3-year-old white-tailed doe at a Beltrami County farm has been confirmed positive for CWD...


As Minnesota wolf plan is revised, advocates concerned April 5, 2021 Aitkin Independent Age

... There are approximately 2,700 wolves in Minnesota — the number has remained mostly consistent over the past five years, within some annual variation. Most areas that can support wolf populations are pretty well established, so we don’t expect to see any increase in wolf numbers in Minnesota..,


Superior National Forest worker witnesses deer being swept over waterfall March 26, 2021 Minnesota, TwinCities.com

... the doe disappeared under the ice and down the side of the waterfall ... a “long 10-15 seconds,” the doe emerged from under the ice at the bottom of the falls ...


DNR invites conversation about deer topics March 11, 2021 Minnesota, International Falls Journal

... The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites the public to talk with DNR staff about deer on Wednesday, March 31. From noon until 8 p.m...


Drones helping modernize deer counts through locating fawns March 10, 2021 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... "Fawn survival is an important component of determining deer populations," ... outfit them with GPS transmitting collars... An infrared camera attached to the drone will search for the heat-produced "signature" of a freshly born fawn ...


Minnesota Deer Threatened by Ubiquitous Neonicotinoid Contamination, According to Study March 10, 2021 Minnesota, Beyond Pesticides

... Deer populations throughout the state of Minnesota are contaminated with neonicotinoid insecticides, according to preliminary results published earlier this month by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)... 61% of deer spleen samples contained neonicotinoids...


County delays deer culling decision, again March 10, 2021 Minnesota, Winona Post

... deer culling at the former landfill at Stone Point Park... to combat chronic wasting disease (CWD). DNR culling proceeded on private land elsewhere in the county... DNR cuts off the cull before the spring in part because they want to avoid shooting does while the deer are pregnant with fawns...


Ecklund's bill battles CWD by further restricting deer farmers March 5, 2021 Minneosta, The Ely Echo

... chronic wasting disease also known as CWD. The problem can be traced back to deer farms ... a bill was scheduled to be heard in a House committee that would transfer oversight of farmed deer from the Board of Animal Health to the Department of Natural Resources...


Long-term monitoring shows 7% of Minnesota venison laced with toxic lead March 5, 2021 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... The monitoring is conducted each year by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, which X-rays all of the venison donated by hunters to all Minnesota food shelves... sometimes scattered through the meat due to the shock and fragmentation of high-speed lead bullets...


Northeastern Minnesota deer herd finally catching break with mild winter March 4 2021 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... All of Minnesota has seen a mild winter ... a string of deep-snow winters, including five of the past eight and three in a row through last year, have combined to hold deer numbers down..,


Drones helping modernize deer counts through locating fawns March 4, 2021 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... Minnesota Department of Natural Resources whitetail biologists until recently flew over various deer permit areas. This method provided accurate census information, but was expensive and too dependent on safe flying weather and other variables...


DNR says it will look harder at insecticides' effect on Minnesota deer March 4, 2021 YAHOO!News

... insecticides have infiltrated deer in just about every corner of the state ... In North Dakota, 52% of deer spleens checked for neonics have tested positive... the level at which fawn survival decreased in a study ...

Insecticide known for killing pollinators found in deer across Minnesota March 1, 2021 Minnesota, YAHOO!News

... Neonicotinoids ... recently found evidence of them inside deer in the state's deepest and most remote forests... DNR tested 800 deer spleens sent in from hunters over the past two years and found buildup of neonicotinoids in 61% ...


County reluctant to approve anti-CWD deer culling February 26, 2021 Minnesota, Winona Post

... “It feels like a double standard from this board to say, ‘the public can’t use that land for hunting, but we’re going to grant the DNR to go out there and endanger the people who could potentially be using the park.’” Jacob said. “I don’t think it’s a good fit.” ...


9 more deer on Houston County farm test positive for CWD February 22, 2021 Minnesota, Bring Me The News

... “This herd was in good standing in our farmed cervid program and was double-fenced since 2017,” said Board Assistant Director, Dr. Linda Glaser. “It’s an example of how elusive CWD can be to detect and control quickly before it infects multiple animals within a herd...


CWD testing shows low prevalence of disease February 18, 2021 Minnesota, ECM Publishers

... Testing results from Minnesota’s 2020 hunting season and early 2021 special hunts confirmed chronic wasting disease in 22 wild deer, all within current disease management zones ... In total, 7,682 samples ...


Give input on deer populations now through Feb. 28 February 18, 2021 DNR News

... Minnesotans interested in deer populations can help shape deer population goals in the southwestern and northeastern areas of the state during an open public input process that started Feb. 8. Log on to the DNR’s engagement tool to participate...


Even in this cold, deer can endure bitter winters February 13, 2021 Minnesota, StarTribune

... it's unlikely many, if any, deer in the area died because of the frigid temperatures, in part because this most recent cold snap has been fairly short in duration and in part because deep snow hasn't been a problem... "Dense pine stands in wintering areas do provide less snow, but they don't have much food for deer," ...


Deer rescued from frigid pond in Plymouth February 5, 2021 Minnesota, KARE 11

... Earlier this week, @PlymouthMNFD was called to assist a deer that became trapped in a pond in Plymouth. Firefighters were able to pull the deer to safety, which ran off into the woods nearby...


Proposal would end shotgun slugs statewide for deer hunting February 4, 2021 Minnestoa, Voice Of Alexandria

... safety was not the primary reason for having a slug zone in the first place. It was to help the deer population stabilize and even increase in some areas. It was thought that since rifles are more accurate at longer distances, more deer would be harvested in areas where they were allowed...


2020 CWD testing shows low prevalence of disease in areas tested February 1, 2021 Minnesota, state.mn.us

... In total, 7,682 samples were tested from hunter-harvested deer or opportunistic samples (deer killed by vehicles, reported sick or found dead). Nineteen of the positives were from deer in the southeast management zone and three were from the south metro management zone..,


Deer Harvest Numbers Up 7% in 2020 January 28, 2021 Minnesota, WJON News

... More than 195,000 deer were harvested which Glen says is a good total and that total is up 7% from the 2019 numbers. Archery hunters saw an 11% increase... reasons for this include an increase in licenses sold and mild weather..,


DNR seeking input on deer population goals in north St. Louis County January 27, 2021 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News

... The DNR will gather public feedback using its online community engagement tool ... from March 15-25, participants may provide feedback on proposed population goals developed based on input from the first phase ...


CWD bill aims to reduce risk to wild deer January 26, 2021 Minnesota, International Falls Journal

... House File 219 ... would: Allow a licensed deer hunter to kill and possess escaped farmed deer, and other cervidae species, and is not liable to the owner for the loss of the animal... Prohibits transport into Minnesota of carcasses obtained by any means...


Get involved with deer population goal setting January 22, 2021 Minnesota DNR News

... Starting Monday, Feb. 8, you can take an active role in shaping deer population goals in certain areas of the state. This is the second year of a four-year, statewide process, and it focuses on portions of southwest and northeast Minnesota ...


Four Minnesota Zoo reindeer recover from EHD outbreak; zoo continues to monitor disease levels January 11, 2021 TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

... Four Minnesota Zoo reindeer have recovered from a seasonal disease that struck the entire reindeer population at the zoo in the late summer and early fall of 2020. Four reindeer, though, did die during the epizootic hemorrhagic disease outbreak at the zoo during the fall of 2020...


As fertilizers spread worldwide, researchers find herbivores can't keep up with excess grasses December 26, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... Herds of wild zebra, buffalo, deer, and other herbivores on six continents can't can keep up with all the extra plant life dominating grasslands ... including Minnesota ... "Our big obvious herbivores — bison — are gone," she said. "We still have deer and rabbits and domestic grazers, but they are not keeping up." ...


'Like a prion bomb': Chronic wasting disease mystery hits near La Crescent December 17, 2020 Minnesota, StarTribune

... five whitetails harvested by the family or found dead on the property have tested positive ... the only wild deer confirmed with CWD in all of Houston County and state wildlife researchers have not detected any other cases within a 5-mile radius ...


How the Isle Royale wolf-moose study began December 11, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... The moose-wolf relationship on Isle Royale eventually went sour for the wolves. With warmer winters limiting ice bridges to the mainland, and no new wolves venturing out the island, the animals became inbred and suffered genetic deformities...


DNR sets special deer hunts to combat chronic wasting disease December 8, 2020 Minnesota, KARE-TV Minneapolis-St. Paul

... “Special hunts are an important tool in disease management, allowing us to focus on specific areas where disease has been detected and reduce deer densities in targeted areas,” ...


Minnesota is getting its first highway crossing for animals December 4, 2020 Bring Me The News

... a special crossing for deer and other wildlife near Claremont in Dodge County... this is the first structure designed primarily as a deer crossing in Minnesota ...


Minnesota's Arrowhead region deer totals down again December 3, 2020 Duluth News Tribune

... in the deep-snow winters Arrowhead region north of Duluth, the deer harvest was down yet again. It’s likely restricted harvests will be in place for 2021 as well — meaning few, if any, antlerless permits again ...


Eden Prairie contracts with state for deer population management November 30, 2020 Minnesota, ECM Publishers

... Personnel will remove deer from city-designated control areas using suppressed firearms equipped with night vision or thermal imaging scopes... a cooperative service agreement for the 2020-21 Deer Management Program with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services at a cost not to exceed $24,500...


The graying of the deer woods November 20, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... In 2012 Minnesota sold 521,951 deer hunting licenses. By 2019 that dropped to 462,095, down nearly 12% in just seven years. Even amid the pandemic rush to get outside, 2020 deer license sales have been flat with 2019..,


Deer harvest down heading into final weekend November 20, 2020 Minnesota, Ely Echo

...The 2020 deer harvest is down 17.2% compared to 2019 in the nine Deer Permit Areas within the Tower DNR Area (117, 118, 119, 130, 131, 132, 176, 177, 178). DNR wildlife manager Tom Rusch said the buck kill, the best indicator of population change over time, is down 16.4% in the same permit areas ...


Deer testing finds additional cases of chronic wasting disease November 19, 2020 Minnesota, state.mn.us

... A wild deer harvested in Dakota County on Nov. 7 and a vehicle-killed deer in Olmsted County on Nov. 4 were confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease. To date, 95 wild deer have tested positive for CWD in Minnesota...


Wolves preying on beavers in Minnesota reshape wetlands November 13, 2020 Washington Post

... they tend to hunt alone for smaller prey, including fawns and beavers, in summer. ... “Once a wolf takes out a beaver,” Gable said, “it takes a while for another beaver to return to the site.” ... Wolves preying on beavers profoundly affect northern Minnesota’s wetland ecosystems because dams built by individual beavers — those not associated with beaver colonies — quickly fall apart...


Deer harvest off 21% after first weekend November 10, 2020 Minnesota, Fergus Falls Daily Journal

...the Minnesota firearm deer harvest is off by 21% after the first weekend. “We didn’t expect this,” ... hunting pressure on the opener of the firearms season was very high... Sunday saw gale-force winds ... “Deer are definitely influenced by high wind.” ...


A warm, quiet deer opener north of Duluth November 7, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... deer numbers have been down for the past decade or so thanks to repeated heavy-snow winters. “And wolves. The wolves really came in about 10 years ago and it hasn’t been the same,’’ ..,


Minnesota Wolf Population Update November, 2020, Minnesota DNR

... After accounting for the assumed 15% lone wolves in the population, we estimated the 2019-20 midwinter wolf population at 2,696 wolves, or 3.64 wolves per 100 km2 of occupied range. The 90% confidence interval was approximately +/- 500 wolves, specifically 2,244 to 3,252. Given the nearly complete overlap with the 2019-20 confidence interval, we conclude that the 2019-20 statewide wolf population size was unchanged from the previous winter, but with results suggesting more but smaller packs...


Firearms deer season looks good for southern Minnesota November 1, 2020 Minnesota, Mankato Free Press

... Last winter was mild and was followed by a utopian spring in which deer fawns and adults proliferated in the absence of deadly weather. Simply put, this means deer hunters will find more deer. That’s especially true here in south-central Minnesota..,


Deep-snow winters have held Northeastern deer herd down October 30, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... Stretch of tough winters has been worst in 50 years for parts of Arrowhead region... fewer or no doe permits are issued in many management areas...A string of deep-snow and cold winters — five of the past eight and now three in a row — have combined to hold deer numbers down ..,


Tougher hunting in Rusch's 2020 deer season forecast October 30, 2020 Minnesota, The Ely Echo

... A deer population that is below population goals in all areas rebounding from the severe winters of 2013 + 2014 and 2018, 2019 and 2020 in permit areas in Northern St. Louis and Lake Counties... Field staff are reporting below average fawn reproduction in heavily forested areas for the third consecutive year. This is a result of back to back deep snow winters from 2018 to 2020..,


CWD surveillance collapsing from a majority of hunters' indifference to testing October 30, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... The Department of Natural Resources eliminated mandatory testing for 2020 to avoid large gatherings ... A year ago, when CWD testing of hunter-harvested deer was mandatory in five designated zones around the state, compliance was better than 93%. “We are barely hitting 30%,’’ ...


What Minnesota deer hunters can expect this season October 19, 2020 Minnesota DNR

... Permit areas in the northern portions of the northeast region, have had long, severe winters for the last eight years. In areas that had significant snow depth last winter — which has a more profound impact on deer survival than temperatures — more deer died and fewer fawns were born in the spring..,


Lake Superior caribou may be gone from mainland October 16, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... Lake Superior’s last surviving wild caribou appear to be thriving on their new island homes, free from the constant menace of wolves, for now ... Caribou were common all around Lake Superior — including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan — before European settlement...


Deer on southeastern MN deer farm tests positive for CWD October 15, 2020 Minnesota, Bring Me The News

... The board says the Houston County deer farm, which is located in an established CWD endemic area, added a double fence to its enclosure in 2017. In the past five years, the farm has only imported animals from two Minnesota herds and has only exported animals to one place in Wisconsin...


Minnesota to receive $500K in new chronic waste disease funding October 15, 2020 Bemidji Pioneer

... Money earmarked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will fund three projects in the state, according to a department news release. A total of $2.8 million will be distributed between Minnesota and 16 other states dealing with chronic wasting disease, or CWD...


Duluth deer will be tested for cancer-causing chemical September 28, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... The DNR has already collected liver and muscle samples from some deer taken near the airport, home to the 148th Fighter Wing air base which has been found to be contaminated with the chemicals, likely the result of the foam used to battle aircraft fires...


EHD, Seasonal disease kills 4 reindeer at Minnesota Zoo, sickens 4 others September 17, 2020 TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

...Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is spread to deer by gnats ... “The sudden onset of this disease and loss of our reindeer has been an extraordinarily difficult development in a difficult year,” ...


Minnesota moose won't get federal Endangered Species Act protection September 15, 2020 Duluth News Tribune

... This winter saw the ninth year of a diminished but fairly stable population that comes after the state's moose numbers crashed rapidly, from a modern high of 8,840 moose estimated in 2006 to just 2,700 in 2013. This year’s official estimate by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, using aerial surveys in mid-winter, was roughly 3,150 ..,


Minnesota’s wolf population September 13, 2020 DNR

... In the 1960s, the population was estimated to be as low as 350. Wolf numbers trended upward during the next 40 years, peaking at about 3,000 from 2002 until 2005. Since 2014 the population estimate has been about 2,700 with a current population estimate of 2,699..,


DNR maintains aggressive response to chronic wasting disease September 11, 2020 Minnesota, Hometown Focus

... Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader, said the DNR continues to use three management tools to reduce the risk of CWD: reducing deer densities, using feeding and attractant bands to reduce contact between deer, and restricting carcass movement. “These tools are our best chance at limiting the spread of the disease in wild deer.”...


How to provide input on farmed deer and elk rules September 1, 2020 Minnesota DNR

... The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is asking for public participation as it goes through the process of changing its rules for farmed cervidae (commonly called deer and elk) to help the agency better prevent and control diseases like CWD. The public can participate in the process in several ways including by tuning in to one of several listening sessions for the public and by providing written comments about the proposed rule changes at any time through Sept. 14. The public will have a second opportunity to comment on the rules after the Board publishes its Notice of Intent toward the end of 2020. Upcoming listening sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1-3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, 6-8 p.m.

  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 4-6 p.m.

Details on how to join these sessions, either by virtual meeting or by phone, are listed on the board’s public rule making webpage, under “Current rulemaking.”


Southeast deer movement study September 1, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News

...Combining information from the past two years of the study, DNR biologists found that approximately one-third (34%) of deer studied either made permanent moves away from their birthplaces or made seasonal migratory movements between their summer and winter home ranges. Most deer traveled, on average, about 11 miles before settling; 72% of the dispersing deer did not travel far enough to leave the southeast CWD management and control zones..,


Bigger bag limits, voluntary CWD testing new for Minnesota's 2020 deer season August 23, 2020 Minnesota, StarTribune

... some regions of northeast Minnesota remain mired on the opposite end of the deer-abundance spectrum. Some areas (see map) where whitetail populations are down due to recent tough winters and wolf depredation are governed by bucks-only restrictions this year... In one such area — 118 — the DNR estimates deer density at only four per square mile..,


Lou Cornicelli, Minnesota DNR's top wildlife scientist, departs agency August 21, 2020 Minneapolis Star Tribune

... headed Minnesota’s response to chronic wasting disease (CWD) and who paved the way for antler point restrictions for trophy-minded deer hunters ... Cornicelli alienated deer farmers in the state with research that tied CWD outbreaks in wild deer to non-compliant deer farms...

Board of Animal Health invites public involvement during farmed deer and elk rulemaking process August 20, 2020 Minnesota, KFGO News

... The public can participate in the process in several ways including providing written comment, and by tuning in to the first meeting of the Farmed Cervidae Advisory Committee on Wednesday, August 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Microsoft Teams. Full meeting details and how to join the meeting are posted on the Board’s rulemaking website ...


Minnesota DNR virtual deer meeting covers hot topics August 19, 2020 Bemidji Pioneer

... DNR officials made it clear they are worried that existing hunters are aging out of the sport far faster than new hunters are coming in.... there are concerns within the agency that this year’s voluntary CWD testing in CWD hotspots may not acquire enough samples to show an accurate survey of whether more wild deer are carrying the deadly disease....


Wolf researchers in Voyageurs National Park believe unlikely food source may be behind moose success August 3, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... Beavers are so abundant in Voyageurs National Park that they may be helping moose populations by becoming food for wolves... a small and isolated moose population is surviving, even as others in Minnesota have been cut in half or wiped out...


DNR finds wild deer infected with EHD in southeastern Minnesota July 30, 2020 DNR News

... Tests initiated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have confirmed that a wild deer near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota’s Houston County died from epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), a viral infection to which members of the deer family are susceptible. Although not confirmed, EHD is suspected in the death of other nearby deer..,


Volunteers remove fence for wildlife near Togwotee July 29, 2020 Minnesota, Buckrail

... to help reduce wildlife entanglements in old, unused fencing. Volunteers and workers removed 1.25 miles of three-strand barbed wire and fence posts that were no longer in use near Warm Springs Creek...


DNR offers opportunity to discuss deer population goals July 29, 2020 Minnesota, EIN News

... Minnesotans can take an active role in helping shape deer population goals across the state by attending local workshops designed to increase inclusiveness and transparency in the Department of Natural Resources’ decision-making process... workshops replace the citizen advisory committees and public meetings that were used during the last round of deer goal setting in 2017...


DNR to protect Minnesota wild deer through temporary ban on movement of farmed deer in Minnesota July 29, 2020 DNR News

Agency takes emergency action in response to discovery of chronic wasting disease in farmed deer in Douglas County. The Department of Natural Resources today issued an emergency rule that temporarily prohibits the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state..,


Feeding ban reminder July 24, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News

Six additional counties were added to deer feeding and attractant bans on July 1. Feeding and attracting deer is not allowed in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Rice, Scott and Washington counties. These bans are an important part of the DNR’s response to CWD — limiting close contact between deer helps prevent the spread of the fatal disease. Learn more about what you need to do to help our wild deer, and a full list of the counties included, on the deer feeding ban webpage.


DNR changes deer test process in CWD zones, has other new regulations July 23, 2020 Minnesota, StarTribune

... tests won’t be mandatory... stations will be replaced by drop boxes for hunters to deposit deer heads or lymph nodes for testing... We’re concerned about spreading the virus... sampling stations became crowded...


Minnesota 2020 deer season rules released July 22, 2020 Duluth News Tribune

... The deep snow, which started to pile up in November, was most troublesome for deer in northern St. Louis County and in Lake and Cook counties inland from Lake Superior ... Wildlife managers in those areas restrict the number of antlerless deer taken by hunters in an effort to rebuild the herd faster..,


Hunters will have more opportunities to harvest deer this season July 20, 2020 DNR News

... hunters in general will see more chances to harvest deer,” said Barbara Keller, DNR big game program leader. “These opportunities are due to increases in deer populations in much of the state and as part of our response to chronic wasting disease in southern Minnesota.” ..,


DNR survey finds mixed views on gray wolves July 8, 2020 Minnesota, Tower Timberjay News

... sampled attitudes from more 9,000 Minnesotans representing three distinct groups, including average residents, Minnesotans ... nearly 70 percent (68.8) expressed a positive view of gray wolves ... livestock producers in wolf country, among whom just 31.6 percent expressed a positive view ... Among deer hunters ... 51.5 percent had a negative view ...


Fish and Wildlife Almanac July 6, 2020 Minnesota, EIN News

... Ramsey, Rice, Scott and Washington counties... were added to deer feeding and attractant bans that were already in effect in other counties affected by chronic wasting disease...


Update: Southeast deer movement study June 26, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News

... DNR biologists continue to monitor the 28 deer (19 does, 9 bucks) collared in 2019 and the additional 46 fawns (27 does, 19 bucks) collared in February 2020... While most fawns' travels average 11 miles, some move farther... Learn more and watch for updates on the newly updated study webpage...


2020 Minnesota Futures to Advance Research on Chronic Wasting Disease June 17, 2020 UMN News

... The project, “The Emergence of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota: Transmission across a Landscape of Plants, Soils, Water, and Deer,” will receive $249,000 over two years ... Emerging evidence points to plants, soils, and water as potential reservoirs for CWD prions, fueling fears of contamination in agricultural products and water ...


Six Metro Counties Added to Deer Feeding and Attractant Ban June 5, 2020 Minnesota, Belle Plaine Herald

... Following the discovery of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Dakota County in March, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will expand current deer feeding and attractant bans ... “To prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, it’s important to limit close contact among deer,” ...


New deer population goals are set May 27, 2020 Minnesota, Southwest Media

... In general, the goals are to increase deer populations in the north, stabilize populations in the northwest and west, and slightly decrease populations in the central portions of the areas addressed this year...The DNR lists complete details on the goal-setting webpage ..,


DNR willing to let eastern Minnesota elk plan move forward May 17, 2020 Duluth News Tribune

... in a recent letter to Fond du Lac tribal officials, said the DNR “is prepared to discuss the next steps’’ of a potential elk reintroduction... The effort needs backing from local and state political leaders. There’s also the matter of finding millions of dollars to pay for elk relocation from other states ...


Investigation of CWD deer in Douglas County wraps up April 29, 2020 Minnesota, Echo Press

... In all, eight herds in six counties were linked by animal movement and six herds were quarantined. All the CWD positive deer were in two herds, one in Douglas County and another in Pine County...


Deer culling numbers released April 25, 2020 Minnesota, ECM Publishers

... The Minnesota DNR has ... targeted culling of deer in localized areas where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota... Of the 463 deer culled in February and March, seven tested positive for CWD ...


Tower-area deer faced 114 days of deep snow April 12, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... Winter severity index for Arrowhead region was well into severe category, will impact deer herd for years... The problem was made worse by a sudden warm spell in March that, when temperatures fell again, created a thick crust on the snow. That crust allowed predators like wolves to run on top while loping deer broke through ...


Fewer doe permits expected for the 2020 season April 11, 2020 Minnesota, Mesabi Daily News

... the 2019-20 winter season ranked in the top 10 for severity over the past 50 years in northern St. Louis and Lake Counties... a lot of deer most likely didn’t make it through the season ..,


Biologists racing to save moose find clues in the forest floor April 11, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... A scourge of parasitic brainworms has been weakening, sickening and killing moose throughout much of their traditional territory. But the moose that spend springtime under the tall pines and spruce trees of the state’s remaining pockets of conifer woods seem to avoid the bug ...


Last Lake Superior caribou surviving on their new island homes April 5, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... once numbered in the thousands across a wide swath of three states and Ontario, are surviving on just two islands ... After a dramatic airlift operation in 2018, an estimated 23 caribou seem to be doing well on Ontario’s Slate Islands ...


Fond du Lac tribal council supports elk restoration March 30, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... The Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee has given the go-ahead for the long-developing effort to restore elk to eastern Minnesota ... State support, funding sources and a disease-free source of elk all still remain unclear...


DNR recommends reducing deer population significantly in five Central Hills Prairie permit areas March 24, 2020 Minnesota, Echo Press

... In most of the permit areas of the Central Hills Prairie Block, the recommendation the DNR came to was to manage toward decreasing the deer population ... significantly (50%) in permit areas 213, 214, 215, 276 and 277... [link to view and comment on proposals] ...


Minnesota confirms five more cases of chronic wasting disease, including one wild deer March 13, 2020 StarTribune

... Five new cases ... including one of a wild deer in Dakota County. It’s the first evidence the disease has spread to the Dakota County area, about 100 miles northwest of the state’s hotbed for CWD in Preston ...


Taypayers paid more than $500,000 for deer farm buyouts the last three years March 12, 2020 Minnesota, StarTribune

... American taxpayers gave a total of more than $510,000 to deer farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to wipe out captive herds infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) in 2017, 2018 and 2019 ...


New deer feeding bans in effect as part of CWD prevention efforts March 11, 2020, Minnesota, Aitkin Independent Age

... The DNR expanded deer feeding bans in central Minnesota Feb. 24 due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019...


Aerial survey shows Minnesota moose population is stable March 9, 2020 Minnesota, DNR News

... This winter, the DNR estimated the moose population to be 3,150. Although this is a lower number than last year's estimate, due to the variance in this type of estimate, officials do not consider this a decline..,


Minnesota DNR to host 35 open houses across state regarding deer, deer management March 9, 2020 KEYC

... attendees will be able to discuss general concerns they have about deer and learn about last year’s harvest data ... ask specific questions about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and get more information about managing private woodlands for quality deer habitat ....


Deer are starting to die from winter's deep snow March 1, 2020 Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... several months of deep snow on the ground may have catastrophic consequences for many of the Northland’s whitetail deer... mortality due to winter weather and predation will be significantly above average after this winter...,


Duluth firefighters rescue deer from icy Lester River February 28, 2020, Minnesota, Duluth News Tribune

... "I've never seen an animal that wanted to be helped as much as this deer did," firefighter Mike Chad said. "When I got down on the ice, it had a look in its eye like, 'Help me.'" ... firefighters used a chemically activated heat blanket to warm the shivering deer...


2020 winter shaping up to be hard on deer? February 27, 2020 Minnesota, ECM Publishers

... If this wet pattern continues it will spell trouble for not only deer but turkeys and other animals... The DNR estimates that after the fawns are born each spring, Minnesota has between 900,000 and 1,000,000 deer. A severe winter can greatly reduce those numbers..,


Researchers fight to save moose February 24, 2020 Minnesota, pinecitymn.com

... its population in Minnesota has declined by more than 50 percent since 2006 ... population: 8,60 in 2005; 8,840 in 2006; 6,860 in 2007; 7,890 in 2008; 7,840 in 2009; 5,700 in 2010; 4,900 in 2011; 4,230 in 2012; 5,700 on 2010; 4,900 in 2011; 4,230 in 2012; 2,760 in 2013; 4,350 in 2014; 3,450 in 2015; 4,020 in 2016; 3,710 in 2017; 3,030 in 2018; 4,180 in 2019 ..,


2019 Minnesota Elk Harvest Report February 25, 2020 Minnesota DNR

... In 2019, a total of 15 elk were harvested in zones 20 and 30 (Table 2). This gives us a total hunter success rate of 56% for Zone 20 and 50% for Zone 30..,


Minnesota DNR adds counties to deer feeding ban February 24, 2020 Post-Bulletin

... The DNR will expand deer feeding bans in central Minnesota starting Monday due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019... Starting July 1, the DNR will remove the feeding ban from Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Wright counties, as CWD was not detected in any wild deer in the third-consecutive year of wild deer disease testing in central Minnesota...


Minnesota paying out 135K annually due to wolf kills February 22, 2020 MPR News

... Every year, gray wolves kill dozens, if not hundreds, of farm animals in Minnesota. ... in the last decade, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has paid out an average of $135,000 on about 110 wolf depredation claims each year ... there do seem to be more wolf kills when the whitetail deer population ... goes down quickly ...


Cutting-Edge Test is Able to Detect Chronic Wasting Disease in Live Deer February 21, 2020 Minnesota, MSN

... Deer urine, saliva, and excrement are some of the elements that can be tested for the misfolded proteins (or prions) that cause this fatal ailment. Most importantly, the test can be conducted on live deer, other testing methods can only be run on dead deer... “I think each state needs to support this kind of funding,” ...


Bill would make extreme poaching a felony in Minnesota February 19, 2020 KSTP

... Fischer wants to make it a felony to have game valued at more than $2,000 in your possession. "To reach this level of restitution somebody would need to illegally take 400 crappies, 66 walleyes, 40 ducks, five bears, five wild turkeys or four deer or two trophy deer over the limit," ...


U of M research team achieves CWD testing milestone February 17, 2020 Minnesota, UMN News

... University of Minnesota researchers ... With this technology, the team analyzed tissue samples from CWD-positive white-tailed deer and obtained confirmation of protein-misfolding within nine hours... The U of M team is funded by approximately $2 million, awarded through the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station Rapid Agricultural Response Fund ...


Winona County board approves culling of deer to control disease February 16, 2020 Minnesota, Post-Bulletin

... Family groups, especially doe, will be targeted most during the culling. Froberg said the goal would be 20 to 25% of the population of deer in the area... Minnesota state officials on Friday confirmed a deer on a Pine County farm tested positive for CWD...


Wolf pack structure is interesting view of a family dynamic February 13, 2020 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune

... The population of gray wolves, also known as timber wolves, is about 13,000 in the United States, with the majority living in Alaska. The Min