Preston, MN (KROC AM News) - A meeting has been scheduled to provide information about the recent discovery of chronic wasting disease in Fillmore County. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold the meeting next Thursday, December 15, from 7:00-8:30 P.M. at the Fillmore Central School Auditorium in Preston.

The DNR announced last month two deer that were killed by hunters near Lanesboro were infected with the deadly disease. The agency will present its plans to prevent the disease from spreading. The measures include the establishment of a disease management zone, a special winter deer hunt, landowner shooting permits and an aerial deer population survey.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal brain disease to deer, elk and moose but is not known to affect human health. Prior to this discovery, the disease has only been found in Minnesota in one wild deer harvested near Pine Island in 2010.

For more information, including maps of chronic wasting disease surveillance areas, common questions and answers and hunter information, visit the DNR’s CWD homepage.

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