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Chronic Wasting Disease - a Talk with Dr. Michelle Carstensen

The DNR conducted surveillance around a CWD-positive captive deer facility near Merrifield starting in the 2017 hunting season.

In February 2019, the DNR confirmed chronic wasting disease in a wild deer found in Crow Wing County less than 1/2 a mile from the infected captive facility. Based on this discovery, the DNR designated a new CWD management zone, deer permit area 604, in north central Minnesota for the 2019 hunting season.

Dr. Michelle Carstensen joined us this morning – she’s the Wildlife Health Group Leader.   The wildlife health program, based at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, is responsible for disease management of Minnesota's wildlife populations and has coordinated surveillance efforts for a number of diseases including chronic wasting disease, bovine tuberculosis and more.

Carstensen will speak at the Grand Rapids Area Library on Tuesday October 29th at 6pm.  Free and open to the public!

Heidi Holtan is KAXE's Director of Content and Public Affairs where she manages producers and is the local host of Morning Edition from NPR. Heidi is a regional correspondent for WDSE/WRPT's Duluth Public Television’s Almanac North.