Public meetings on Beltrami County CWD this week

The DNR will hold two public meetings this week to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease in Beltrami County.

According to a release, officials from the DNR, the Board of Animal Health, and the U of M Center for Prion Research and Outreach will be on hand to present information and answer questions on CWD.

The always-fatal disease that affects cervids in the deer and elk family was discovered on a Beltrami County deer farm.

Officials also determined that the farmer illegally dumped CWD-infected carcasses off-site on the tax-forfeited parcel.

Earlier this summer, the DNR constructed a perimeter fence around the affected parcel where CWD prions were detected.

One meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bemidji High School commons area.

The second meeting will be held at the Kelliher High School commons Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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