27-Point Buck Tested For ‘Zombie’ Disease

File photo, non-typical buck, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Escaped buck from deer farm killed by bow hunter, chronic wasting disease test results pending

Nov 6, 2019

Minneapolis Star Tribune – A 27-point trophy buck that escaped from an Olmsted County, Minnesota deer farm in April was killed by a bow hunter last week on public land near Elba, state officials confirmed Tuesday.

The thickly antlered, nontypical whitetail was still carrying an identification tag in its ear and the Board of Animal Health confirmed it was the same buck reported missing in April by a producer of trophy deer. The animal escaped through a storm-damaged fence, a Department of Natural Resources official said, adding that other escapees were recovered within 72 hours.

Captive deer herds have been linked by state wildlife officials to three of Minnesota’s four outbreaks of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild deer.

The 27-pointer was kept by the hunter who shot it, but the Board of Animal Health was able to obtain tissue samples from the animal to determine if it was infected with the always fatal, highly contagious wasting disease. Test results are pending. The deer’s owner was fined $250 for allowing it to be at large in the wild.

Hunters still deciding where to seek deer when the 2019 firearms season opens Saturday can find a wealth of information online on the Department of Natural Resources’ “Deer reports and statistics’’ page.

The DNR page, at tinyurl.com/yxaajovn, offers virtually real time reports on deer harvested statewide and by permit area. As of Monday, for instance, 21,750 deer were killed by hunters so far this fall, 44% of which were adult males and 43% adult females.

A map on the page also details the harvest by Deer Permit Area (DPA). In the metro, for example, 1,083 whitetails have been killed this fall, including 515 adult females and 433 adult males … Read more.

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