Lawmakers propose series of measures to stop march of Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota, MinnPost, Feb 12, 2019More than 30 wild deer in Minnesota have tested positive for CWD in the last two years. Most of them were discovered around Preston in the Southeastern part of the state, said Lou Cornicelli, a DNR wildlife research manager, at a recent legislative hearing. The disease has been found on eight elk and deer farms since 2002. But those numbers pale in comparison to Wisconsin, where more than 5,200 wild deer and more than 20 farms have tested positive for CWD since 2002.
Underpinning the case for fast action to prevent the spread of CWD is fear the disease may some day jump to humans. A group of U of M scientists testified Thursday before Hansen’s committee to urge lawmakers to pay for them to develop faster and easier CWD tests.
In striking testimony that verged on emotional, Schefers pled with lawmakers to help scientists answer basic questions about the disease. “We need to find infected animals before their death, but we don’t have a test,” he said. “We need to know how other animals move CWD prion around the environment, but we don’t have a test for that.
DNR plans 2 December deer hunts to manage wasting disease, MPR, Dec 4, 2018The Department of Natural Resources plans two special deer hunts this month aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. The agency says it’s acting quickly to contain the fatal deer disease while it is concentrated in one geographic area. Reducing deer numbers will help lower densities and remove infected animals from southeastern Minnesota.
Chronic wasting disease could spread faster than expected, MPR News, Aug 16, 2018Since the fall of 2016, 17 cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in the wild deer population of southeastern Minnesota. There’s no cure and no vaccine, although teams of scientists are working on it. Right now, CWD is 100 percent fatal.
The disease has spread rapidly in other states. In parts of Wisconsin, an estimated 40 to 50 percent of deer are infected. And that happened in a very short time. In 1999, the first year the Wisconsin DNR began monitoring the disease, just 3 animals tested positive. By 2017, that number had climbed to 600. If the same thing happens in Minnesota’s deer herds, the effects could be dramatic.
Special White-tailed Deer Archery Hunts, City of Bemidji, updated Aug 10, 2018The City of Bemidji is now accepting applications for permits to participate in any of three (3) special white-tailed deer archery hunts within the City. The hunts will follow the regular Minnesota deer archery season, which runs September 15 through December 31, 2018.
Changes coming for Mankato’s in-city deer hunt, Mankato Free Press, June 4, 2018More than 40 hunters now participate with temporary stands set up in Rasmussen, in city-owned ravines, in the Kiwanis Recreation Area and on some private parcels where the landowner consents. And the city hunt lasts longer, now covering the entire length of the state’s bow-hunting season. For the past three years, hunters have harvested an average of 36 deer.
Minnesota DNR unveils new deer management plan, with 200K annual harvest, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, April 9, 2018The plan establishes an annual statewide harvest target of 200,000 deer — just one of several performance measures outlined in the plan. It marks the first time the DNR has set a goal for how many deer hunters should expect to shoot each year.
Blue Earth delving into deer problem, Fairmont Sentinel, March 20, 2018The council decided not to create an ordinance addressing deer feeding, and instead look into bringing in a DNR representative to a future council work session to discuss the issue.
VIDEO: Deer Crashes Through Wisconsin School Entrance, CBS, Jan 5, 2018On Friday, Prairie Farm School District shared a video on their Facebook page showing a deer running what appears to be close to its top speed, and crashing through the school’s main entrance. Another deer attempts to do the same, but failed, fell back and ran off.
Special archery deer hunt to take place in Bemidji Ward 4 in 2018, Bemidji Pioneer, Oct 18, 2017According to a release from the city, in an attempt to reduce and manage the number of white-tailed deer in the ward, the city council approved the implementation of a special archery hunt on approved public and private property in certain areas. This hunt would begin in the 2018 Minnesota Archery Deer Season.
Intense study of deer disease set to start, SCTimes, Oct 15, 2017The Chronic Wasting Disease research project by the Department of Natural Resources is being launched with $350,000 in emergency funding to help stop the largest-ever CWD outbreak in Minnesota’s wild deer population. Starting this week, the DNR will be seeking cooperation from private landowners to carry out the work on hilly, forested land that rings Fillmore County’s 371-square-mile CWD management zone. The zone was created last fall after routine DNR testing of hunter-killed deer discovered a cluster of infected animals near Preston and Lanesboro.
With higher deer population, Minn. wolf numbers jump 25 percent Bemidji Pioneer, Sept 25, 2017DNR officials said the wolf numbers are up because there are more deer in northern Minnesota for them to eat. Higher deer densities after three mild winters allow for more wolves, biologists said. Deer numbers in the wolf range are up about 22 percent over last year.
Deer crashes through windshield into passenger seat, Kare11news, July 10, 2017Authorities from the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office posted photos Monday morning of a deer that came crashing through a driver’s windshield, tumbling into the car’s passenger seat.
Blaine to prohibit feeding of deer, ABC Newspapers, March 11, 2017The Blaine City Council on March 16 will be voting on a new ordinance that prohibits the “intentional feeding of wild animals.” This means that people cannot put out any grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, salt licks or any other food that could attract wild animals.
Sharpshooters thin Roseville’s roaming deer population, LillieNews.com, Feb 14, 2017After years of discussions with residents sharply divided on how to best manage the city’s deer population, if it all, Roseville completed its deer management program by removing 20 animals in one night.
A decade of deer: A total of 250 deer have been harvested in special archery hunts within city limits, Bemiji Pioneer, Jan 25, 2017During the 2016 Special Archery Deer Hunt, held from Sept. 19 to Dec. 31, a total of 21 white-tailed deer were harvested from the Ward 5 area and 13 from the airport area. “We had a long nice fall, so I think some of the hunters were out more than they may have been had we had snow and cold weather earlier,” Hanson said. “The last two winters previously were very mild so there was just that many more births that contributed to that population.”
Chronic wasting turns up in another SE Minnesota deer, MPR News, Jan 23, 2017The latest case was an adult female, killed near Preston, Minn., very close to where four other infected animals discovered, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Monday. It brought to six the number of wild deer testing positive in southeastern Minnesota. Results are still pending on more than 100 samples.
2 More Deer Found With CWD, 5 County Feeding Ban In Place, CBS Local.com, Jan 10, 2017Wildlife managers have found two more deer suspected of being infected with chronic wasting disease near the southeastern Minnesota town of Preston, raising the number of confirmed and presumptive infected deer found in the area to five. The does were killed within a mile of where the first two deer that tested positive were shot in November, marking the first appearance of the brain disease in wild deer in Minnesota since 2010. The Department of Natural Resources expects confirmation later this week.
Minnesota motorist killed after oncoming vehicle hits deer, crashes into her head-on, TwinCities.com, Dec 20, 2016A northwestern Minnesota motorist was killed Monday when an oncoming vehicle struck a deer and then crossed over the center line before colliding with the victim’s SUV head-on.
2 MN deer test positive for CWD, Kare11, Nov 11, 2016State wildlife officials are responding after two deer harvested in southeastern Minnesota tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The two deer, both males, were harvested approximately one mile apart. They are the only deer to test positive from 2,493 samples collected between November 5 and 13.
Roseville to hire sharpshooters to cull deer in city parks, Star Tribune, Oct 28, 2016After years of complaints about an “unsustainable” number of deer in Roseville, the city will hire sharpshooters for the first time to thin the herd. The move follows a wildlife management ordinance passed in 2015 that imposed a deer feeding ban amid a rising tide of griping about issues such as damage to garden plants.
Archery Hunt To Control Deer Population, KEYC, Oct 28, 2016Bow hunters are doing more than just harvesting for venison. The DNR is working with the city of New Ulm to manage the deer population in an effort to decrease the amount of motor vehicle accidents per year… with every county in the state reporting a deer–vehicle accident within the past two years.
Early antlerless-only deer season to open in 2 southeastern permit areas, MNDNR, Oct 10, 2016Hunters in portions of southeastern Minnesota can harvest antlerless deer in an early antlerless-only season from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Sunday, Oct. 23, in deer permit areas 346 and 349 in Winona, Houston and Fillmore counties, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Minnesota deer hunters will get more chances in 2016 due to herd growth, Star Tribune, Aug 2, 2016Licenses for the 2016 deer season went on sale Monday and hunting by bow is only 47 days away. One-deer limits remain in place for much of the state, but this year there are nine fewer zones where hunters can only harvest bucks. The DNR on Monday also announced two moves to keep chronic wasting disease (CWD) out of Minnesota. For the first time, hunters can no longer bring whole deer, elk, moose or caribou carcasses into Minnesota from anywhere in North America. They must leave behind parts of those animals known to become highly concentrated with CWD.
Four things you may have missed from Tuesday’s Ames City Council meeting, Ames Tribune, July 12, 2016The council discussed the possibility of allowing urban deer hunting to continue to control the deer population in the city. The council approved the measure and said all residents wishing to take part in the hunting must purchase a special tag and register with the Ames Police Department. It is also required that participants must pass a safety course, proficiency test, hunt only from tree stands situated at least 85 feet from trails and limit shots to 75 feet or less.
St. Cloud man injured when motorcycle hits deer, SCTimes, May 30, 2016A St. Cloud man was injured Monday night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a deer on Minnesota Highway 23 about 2 miles east of Foley, according to the State Patrol.
Minnesota needs statewide deer management plan, auditor says, MPRnews, May 26, 2016DNR officials say they plan to reach out to a broad diversity of groups for input on a statewide plan, including farmers and foresters who may have concerns about deer munching on crops and white pine seedlings, or insurance companies who deal with accidents involving deer. “There’s landowners, farmers, forest management interests, ecological interests, business people, automobile drivers, a whole range of different interests around deer,” said the DNR’s Telander. “So we’ll be engaging all those interests and trying to come up with a reasonable number of deer in various parts of the state.
Field reports: Duluth bowhunters register 372 deer as herd declines, Duluth Tribune News, Jan 17, 2016Phillip Lockett, chairman of the ABA, said the steadily decreasing recent harvests indicate that city bowhunters are doing their job. “It’s a good deal for the city,” Lockett said. “We’ve taken the deer population down, and it hasn’t cost them a nickel. We’ll continue to do that as long as we can.” The hunt, created by an ordinance of the Duluth City Council, was first held in 2005. Over its 11 years, hunters have taken a total of 5,573 deer, about 85 percent of them antlerless.
DNR: Harvest Numbers Show Growth In Deer Population, CBS Minnesota, Nov 17, 2015Hunters have registered 118,599 deer through the second week of the season, the DNR says. That number is up from 104,785 deer taken over the same period last year. Wildlife officials say the buck harvest during the first 10 days of this season was up 18 percent over last year, showing the deer population has grown since its low point two years ago.
Special hunt will reduce deer in Lake Elmo Regional Park Reserve, Star Tribune, Aug 21, 2015The Washington County park has a deer population four times greater than the land can sustain. Deer are overfeeding on vegetation and causing concern for collisions with cars, said Dan MacSwain, a county parks coordinator for natural resources.
A shotgun hunt will be held this fall — the sixth in 20 years — to remove as many as 80 deer from the 2,000-acre park. The park will be closed to the public the first and second weekends in November, when the hunt is scheduled.
Hunting white-tailed deer in town, Hibbing Daily Tribune, July18, 2015The city of Duluth is going on a decade of hunts where a total of more than 5,000 deer have been harvested.
In our region, Cook and Tower have already hosted one, and now Hoyt Lakes will take part in a hunt of their own this fall. In addition, the city of Aurora is also considering a hunt; possibly as early as next year.
Rochester motorcyclist dies after crash with deer, SCTimes.com, May 23, 2015“The motorcycle was going westbound on U.S. 30 near the Springmill exit. In between at some point it struck a deer,” Kilgore said from the scene. “The bike skidded to a halt past the Springmill exit and both the driver and the passenger skidded to a stop near the Springmill exit. Right now, we don’t know any medical issues other than the squad picked them up.”
Deer hunt success continues, Sun-Sailor, Jan 31, 2015The more deer that are present, the more the wooded space they share is diminished and food sources begin to dwindle, all things that can push deer into residential areas. This relocation can cause problems for traffic and grandma’s perfectly tended garden. In Shorewood, the city partners with an independent bow-hunting organization, Metro Bowhunters Resource Base. This organization brings qualified hunters from all over the state to Shorewood to help manage the deer population while at the same time maintaining a high level of safety and professionalism.
Deer Management, Eden Prairie, MN, edenprairie.org, 10/29/2014Eden Prairie’s bi-annual deer management program is scheduled to begin the week of Nov. 24 and continue over the course of eight to 12 days at multiple sites throughout the City, typically beginning at dusk and into the evening when deer are most active. During this time, a wildlife management company using professional sharpshooters will reduce the City’s deer population by 120.
Urban deer hunts aim to control population, but may not, MPRNews, Sept 13, 2014
When the Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance first started hunting in Duluth nine years ago, they anticipated a “Not in My Backyard” response. More often they hear, ‘why not in my backyard,'” said group president Phillip Lockett.
Liberal deer hunting proposed for Duluth area to reduce conflicts, StarTribune, May 1, 2014
The DNR would allow unlimited harvest of antlerless deer during any open deer season in the area that now comprises deer permit area 182. Communities affected would include Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Esko and Cloquet. Local governments would determine whether hunters could use bows, firearms or both within their jurisdictions.
Deer cause $60,000 damage to a home in NE Rochester, WTTC, Jan 13, 2013“However in the last two weeks there’s been a devastation and you don’t notice until you go outside,” Connie explains how deer are consistently trampling their grounds and have already destroyed the nearly 60 trees that line the DeLorme’s property. “The deer have come in and basically had a salad bar in our back yard. They’ve eaten 54 arborvitae trees from the base nearly five feet up.”
Deer are everywhere in the metro area — and cities are fighting back, twincities.com, Jan. 9, 2011Like people, deer have migrated to cities. “Cities have so many advantages for them,” said Bryan Lueth, urban wildlife manager for the DNR. Cities have no predators, such as wolves or rifle-shooting hunters. Food is plentiful — in homeowners’ gardens. And the lure of the city is irresistible in winter. Deer often snuggle up to the warm foundations of houses. Exhausted by trudging through deep snow, they love plowed streets and walkways. Many eat well, thanks to feedings by soft-hearted homeowners.