Chronic Wasting Disease
Crow Wing County is taking steps to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the local deer population. We are accepting deer carcasses from hunters that are residents of Crow Wing County free of charge at the County Landfill on Highway 210 east of Brainerd in order to provide a containment option to minimize the spread of CWD on the rest of the landscape. There has been one confirmed case of CWD in the wild deer population in Crow Wing County. Opens in New Window
Crow Wing County is encouraging all hunters to bring their deer carcasses to the Landfill for disposal free of charge. “The more carcasses that are brought into the Landfill and disposed of in a responsible manner, the less likely that CWD is further spread across the landscape”, stated Ryan Simonson, Environmental Services Supervisor. “Deer carcasses may be incinerated or placed in strategic locations within the Landfill to minimize disposal risk, so it is very important that carcasses are brought in separately from other garbage.”
The Landfill will be open the following Saturdays & Sundays in November from 10 am - 5 pm for disposal of deer carcasses only:
- November 9th & 10th
- November 16th & 17th
- November 23rd & 24th
Everyone must check in at the scale office to be directed to the correct drop site
Self Haulers - Residents
Licensed Haulers - Multiple carcasses
Due to the discovery of CWD in a wild deer found in Crow Wing County, the DNR designated a new CWD management zone, deer permit area 604, for the 2019 hunting season.
CWD sampling is mandatory for all deer harvested in the CWD management zone.
What can you do?
- Keep hunting
- Bring deer carcasses to the CWC Landfill or to a DNR dumpster site for Free (Click here Opens a New Window. to see updated DNR dumpster locations) *Carcasses MUST be separated from other waste
- Handle & dispose of your carcass in a responsible manner
- Stay up to date with the latest regulations @ www.dnr.state.mn.us/cwdcheck Opens a New Window.
- Do NOT feed deer
Crow Wing County has participated in numerous meetings with the MN Department of Natural Resources, the MN Pollution Control Agency, the MN Board of Animal Health, Conservation Officers, and several local businesses in an effort to better understand the disease and be more proactive to contain the spread. In addition, we are committed to ensuring residents get the best information that research currently offers on this disease.