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Threat of chronic wasting disease brings deer-feeding ban to bulk of Twin Cities

The enforcement goes into effect on July 1.

Beginning July 1, five of the seven Twin Cities metro area counties will be added to a DNR-enforced deer-feeding and attractant ban due to concerns about chronic wasting disease (CWD). 

The additions of Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties to the ban – along with Rice County – means there are now 34 counties statewide under the wildlife ruling. Anoka and Carver counties aren't included. 

Residents in counties under the feeding ban are required to remove grains, fruits, nuts and other food that attracts deer. For example, bird feeders need to be kept out of the reach of deer, which is typically at least six feet above the ground.

Counties under the attractant ban (shown in the map above) also need to keep liquid food scents, salt, minerals and other natural or other deer attractants out of reach.

Deer attractants include deer urine, blood, gland oil, feces and other bodily fluids, the DNR says.

“Deer often gather around feed and attractants, and that close contact encourages disease spread,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader. “That’s why we’re asking all Minnesotans to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease by following these feeding and attractant bans.”

Meanwhile, as was announced in February, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville and Wright counties will be removed from the ban on July 1 because CWD has not been found in any wild deer for a third consecutive year. 

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