After one hauler backed out, Minnesota wildlife managers said Monday they’re close to rounding up enough trash bins to safely dispose of deer carcasses as they try to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease.

 

Waste Management recently decided not to accept carcasses that potentially could be contaminated with the fatal brain disease, which has been found in wild deer in parts of southeastern, central and north-central Minnesota.

 

That sent the Department of Natural Resources scrambling to find replacement bins and haulers ahead of Saturday’s firearms deer season opener.

 

The DNR’s wildlife health program supervisor, Michelle Carstensen, told reporters on a conference call that some other haulers have now submitted bids, though she wasn’t sure if they’ll hit their goal of 26 dumpsters statewide for the opener.