Crow Wing County accepted more than 3,000 deer carcasses at its landfill in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the local deer population after a single confirmed case of CWD was found in the wild deer population earlier this year.

Throughout the hunting season, the county offered free deer carcass disposal to all hunters in an effort to contain any potential cases of infected deer.

“There has only been one confirmed positive wild deer in the county, out 11,000-plus tests over the last three years, including 2019,” Environmental Services Supervisor Ryan Simonson stated in a news release.

The vast majority of the 3,000-plus deer carcasses accepted into the landfill were incinerated as an additional precautionary measure. Proper carcass disposal is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Although the statistics show that this is not a major problem at the moment, the county board decided to take a proactive approach to reduce the chances this becomes a major problem in the future,” Simonson said.

Land services department officials expressed their appreciation of the hunters and citizens that brought their deer carcasses to the landfill for disposal this year.