Ensuring Proper Disposal of CWD-Affected Deer
St. Paul, Minn. – The threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a major concern for Minnesota’s deer hunters and sporting community, which is why Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove) presented legislation Tuesday that ensures deer in areas affected by CWD can be properly disposed and handled to prevent its spread.
“Chronic Wasting Disease in Minnesota’s deer is a crisis that deserves urgent state action and attention,” said Senator Bigham. “This bill would ensure that deer that have been killed in areas where CWD has been detected can be properly disposed of without risk of spread of the disease. This is just one piece of the puzzle in slowing down the spread of CWD, but it’s a smart step.”
The bill, SF2588, establishes a CWD “adopt a dumpster” program for disposal of deer carcasses in areas where CWD has been detected. The bill also requires that guidelines be adopted for handling deer in the field and transporting and disposing of deer carcasses. The MN Deerhunters Association and the DNR also spoke in favor of the bill.
The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in the Environment Omnibus Finance bill.