Department of Natural Resources official warns that chronic waste disease still a threat

Minnesota’s leading authority on chronic wasting disease (CWD) wants deer hunters and landowners to fight harder against the disease despite signs that expanded hunting has chipped away at CWD’s prevalence in Fillmore County.

“That’s when you put the pressure on … not take it off,” said Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In an interview this week, Cornicelli said the DNR has struggled recently to draw in good numbers of hunters and landowners to harvest more whitetails in the disease-management zone that includes rural Preston and the area around Forestville Mystery Cave State Park.