Minnesota Whitetail May Be State's First Wild CWD Case
Last fall an archer near Pine Island Minnesota took a whitetail deer that exhibited symptoms of chronic wasting disease (CWD) infection. While testing is not complete to confirm the diagnosis, it appears to be all but certain. While CWD is more common in western states, this well could be the first case of CWD found in the wild of Minnesota. The Star Tribune has a write up about CWD and the current case.
Before it was shot, the animal appeared thin, the archer recalled, but otherwise it behaved normally. CWD can gestate in an infected animal for as long as four years before clinical signs of the disease are detected and the animal dies.