The DNR is taking additional steps to limit the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. There have been 11 new cases of infected deer in or around CWD management zones in Fillmore County. The DNR will open two special hunts this month, provide shooting permits to landowners, conduct deer culling efforts in January, and hold a public meeting in Preston on December 18th. The CWD-positive cases indicate that the disease is persisting in this area, and the DNR needs to act quickly to contain the disease while it is relatively concentrated in a geographic area. To date, there have been 28 detected cases of the neurological disease within the CWD disease management zone.