Two area counties are included in a deer feeding ban to control the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The DNR expanded the deer feeding bans in central Minnesota this week to include Douglas, Pope and five other counties due to additional discoveries of chronic wasting disease in captive deer in late 2019. The deer feeding ban will remain in Stearns County due to the proximity to Douglas County.

A deer attractant ban will remain in 18 counties in north-central and southeastern Minnesota.

“Deer often gather around feed and attractants, and that close contact encourages disease spread,” said Barbara Keller, the DNR’s big game program leader. “That’s why we’re asking all Minnesotans to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease by following these feeding and attractant bans.”

Deer attractants can be natural or manufactured and include items containing deer urine, blood, gland oil, feces or other bodily fluid.

In counties where deer feeding is banned, people need to remove any grains, fruits, nuts and other food that entices deer. People who feed birds or small mammals need to make sure that deer cannot access the food; for example, keeping feed at least 6 feet above ground level. In areas where the attractant ban is also in place, people must remove any liquid food scents, salt, minerals and other natural or manufactured products that attract deer.

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