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DNR reminds area residents of deer feeding ban

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.

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.