The Crow Wing County Landfill will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the following Saturdays and Sundays to coincide with firearm deer season for disposal of deer carcasses only.

  • Nov. 7-8.
  • Nov. 14-15.
  • Nov. 21-22.

Crow Wing County is encouraging its residents 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 (chronic wasting disease) is further spread across the landscape," Ryan Simonson, Environmental Services supervisor, said in a news release. “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. ”

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease affecting the cervid family - deer, elk, moose, reindeer and caribou. It causes characteristic spongy degeneration in the brain of an infected animal, which culminates in their death. It is spread when a cervid comes into contact with prions (defective proteins) from an infected animal. Prions from an infected animal are spread on the landscape through deposits of saliva or other bodily fluids; and, they are known to survive in the soils for multiple years waiting to infect another cervid.

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Crow Wing County has participated in numerous meetings with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota 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, the county is committed to ensuring residents get the best information that research currently offers on this disease.