State wildlife officials say two farms in Minnesota found deer from a farm in Wisconsin where a chronic wasting disease was diagnosed last month.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday the news was “extremely worrying” and the agency is “actively considering management responses” to the threat facing the state’s wild deer population.
A recent report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted that the Wisconsin deer farm where the disease was detected sold nearly 400 deer to 40 farms in seven states over the past five years. Two of those farms were in Minnesota.
One was on a now-defunct farm in Stillwater, which found two deer in 2016. Those deer were eventually relocated back to Wisconsin in 2019. Investigators are working to determine if those deer are still alive and have been tested, WCCO-TV reported.
The other Minnesota farm was in Clear Lake to obtain deer from contaminated farmland. Officials said the farm found three deer in 2017, two of which died earlier this year. The disease was not detected in them. The third deer is still alive and the owner is waiting for payment before the animal is made available for testing.
The entire herd of Clear Lake Farms is in quarantine.