This question came in via Facebook, using #AskPS:
How can killing hundreds of deer in Southeast Minnesota to ascertain the degree of chronic wasting disease be justified? Since there is no cure and it doesn't affect humans, what's the point?
(Read this article from the Star Tribune to get more insight on this special deer hunt.)
Adam Murkowski, DNR big game program leader, weighed-in:
Chronic wasting disease hasn’t been found in Midwestern deer until recently, so we don’t know a lot about what’s going to happen in the future. All the information we have suggests that there is nothing good about having the disease in the deer herd and it’s going to create significant issues long term. We’ve got an opportunity: We found the disease early. We’ve had a lot of cooperation and we have an opportunity to get it off the landscape in Minnesota and cut the curb on this. It’s important that we do this for future generations of deer hunters and the public who enjoy knowing that there are healthy deer on the landscape.
Learn more about chronic wasting disease, including deer management, on the DNR's website.
Thanks for asking!