The testing of wild deer for chronic wasting disease in Minnesota is off to an encouraging start. 

To date 2,300 deer have been tested for CWD and none have tested positive.  KBJR-TV is reporting that deer were tested in an area of southeastern Minnesota as part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing CWD surveillance and disease management efforts in the Pine Island area. Deer also were tested as a precaution in east-central Minnesota because the disease was discovered in wild deer from nearby Wisconsin. Testing was done in the north metropolitan area because a captive European Red Deer herd in North Oaks tested positive for the disease.

Testing will continue in southeastern Minnesota and the north metro area.