Suspected Case of CWD in Wild Deer Near Bemidji
White-tailed Deer buck and doe in snow taken in southern MN in the wild

(Bemidji, MN) — The Minnesota D-N-R is reporting a suspected case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer in the Bemidji area for the first time. Officials say preliminary test results indicate C-W-D in an adult male harvested opening weekend of the firearms season about ten miles south of Bemidji. The final test result is expected this week. Test results are also pending on 700 other deer samples. Conservation officers are encouraging hunters in the area to have their deer tested for C-W-D. A white-tailed deer in Grand Rapids last year was the first wild deer in the region to test positive for the disease.