Bovine TB and deer
Another deer in northwestern Minnesota has been found with bovine tuberculosis (TB). The deer is one of more than 1,400 samples collected from hunters this year, and was a 3 ½-year-old buck, taken within three miles of where previous bovine TB positive deer have been found.
That brings the total number of wild deer found positive for bovine TB in Minnesota to 27 since the disease was first found in the state in 2005. All of the 26 previously infected deer were animals born in 2005 or earlier.
This most recent bovine TB positive deer was born in 2006, but the DNR says there is still no indication of significant recent infections or that the disease is efficiently spreading in the deer population.