Beltrami, Itasca counties under new deer feeding and attractant bans

Beltrami County was recently added to the deer feeding and attractant bans list by the DNR.

Twenty-four counties, including Clearwater, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties, saw their feeding and attractant bans removed, while Beltrami joins four other counties, including Itasca, under new bans.

“The DNR uses feeding and attractant bans as a tool to reduce unnatural crowding of deer and reduce the risk of exposure to CWD,” said Todd Froberg, big game program coordinator.

“We are using these tools where we think they will provide the greatest potential to benefit the health of Minnesota’s white-tailed deer. This approach limits CWD risk and helps reinforce the connection feeding and using attractants have on the risk of spreading disease.”

Minnesota has 24 counties in total with these bans, in areas where chronic wasting disease spread is of the highest concern.

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