Seven counties have been added to a deer-feeding ban due to concerns about chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing the total to 31 counties now under the Minnesota DNR's ban.
New to the ban are: Carlton, Chisago, Douglas, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine and Pope counties, the DNR announced this week. The decision comes after the DNR's "additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019."
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.
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.
“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.”