Chronic wasting disease management

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Disease designations

Management zones: DPAs 604, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 655, 661 and 679 have the most restrictive measures in place.

Control zones: DPAs 255, 343 and 344 have less restrictive measure in place. Known as control zones, these DPAs border a management zone.

Surveillance zones: DPAs 110, 159, 184, 197, 213, 273, 256, 257, 262, 265 and portions of DPAs 157, 169 and 225 have the least restrictive disease management measures. Precautionary management actions are place in these DPAs to detect an infection early.

Information & resources

Chronic wasting disease, commonly referred to as CWD, is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervids, including white-tailed deer. It is found globally and in about half of the states in the U.S. CWD remains relatively rare in Minnesota but is a concern as there is no known cure.

The DNR's management actions are in place to help limit its spread.

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