The Minnesota DNR on Monday has imposed a temporary ban on the movement of farmed deer, amid efforts to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease.
CWD had up until this year only been found in a handful of southeastern Minnesota counties, and Crow Wing County in northern Minnesota.
But the disease has recently been found in farmed deer in Douglas County, in west-central Minnesota, with the disease afflicting an 8-year-old white-tailed doe in a hobbyist's herd.
As a resulted, the DNR is imposing an emergency rule limiting the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer in the state.
The temporary ban, which will be in effect for 30 days, is designed to reduce the spread of CWD and protect the state's wild deer.
The Douglas County hobby farm has connections to other Minnesota deer farms, and as a result the DNR says it needs time to investigate other locations that have provided deer to, or received deer from, the hobby farm.
"We don’t take this action lightly," said DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.
"The DNR is committed to proactively addressing CWD and doing everything we can do to protect Minnesota’s deer herd. The Douglas County positive, with its connections to other farms in the state, poses a risk to wild deer that requires emergency action."