In addition to continued Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance, a deer feeding ban remains in place for Dodge, Goodhue, Olmsted and Wabasha counties.
The Department of Natural Resources says the current feeding ban, which includes things such as salt and mineral blocks, is effective through February 2014.
During he fall of 2010, a hunter-harvested deer was found positive for CWD, the first occurrence of CWD in wild deer in the state. As a result, a CWD surveillance zone was created to help the DNR manage the outbreak of the disease in wild deer.
Intensive surveillance efforts in 2011 and 2012 have failed to find any additional positive cases. The DNR CWD response plan requires 3 years of testing without a positive result before an area has its disease management status designation removed. If no positive results are found this year, the zone's disease management status may change......