State lawmakers got an update today on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state’s deer population. C-W-D is an always-fatal neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose and so far, in Minnesota, it’s been most prevalent in a southeastern portion of the state.

“Although it’s disappointing that we continue to find positive deer, this disease is still rare in our state and its footprint is small, so we have an aggressive approach, so we, however, try to keep it that way, and we have an adaptive approach as well.”

Dr. Barbara Keller with the DNR says 27 deer total tested positive during testing this fall. CWD was first detected in Minnesota in 2002. To date, 79 wild deer have been confirmed positive for C-W-D in Minnesota.