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DNR reminds area residents of deer feeding ban

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DNR reminds area residents of deer feeding ban
Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

Feeding deer is prohibited in Dodge, Goodhue, Olmsted and Wabasha counties, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported.

A ban was put in place in early 2011 to reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease, which was found in one deer harvested late in 2010 near Pine Island.

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According to the DNR, people who feed birds or small mammals in those four counties should do so in a manner that precludes access by deer, such as placing the food at least six feet above ground level.

Food placed as a result of normal agricultural practices is generally exempted from this rule. However, livestock owners are advised to take steps that minimize deer access to forage.

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