Crow Wing County Landfill to accept deer carcasses select weekends

County officials are encouraging residents and visitors during the hunting season to bring deer carcasses to the county landfill to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD.

Crow Wing County Environmental Services Supervisor Ryan Simonson (left) and Fred Doran, an engineer working with Crow Wing County, walk around the large bin Friday, Oct. 4, where deer carcasses can be dropped off at the Crow Wing County Landfill during hunting season. The remains will be incinerated in an attempt to stave off further cases of chronic wasting disease. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

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

  • Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday.

  • Nov. 13 and Nov. 14.

  • Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.

The county is encouraging its residents to bring their deer carcasses to the landfill for disposal free of charge to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease or CWD.
“The more carcasses that are brought into the landfill and disposed of in a responsible manner, the less likely that CWD is further spread across the landscape,” Ryan Simonson, an environmental services supervisor, stated in a news release.

The neurological disease CWD affects the cervid family — deer, elk, moose, reindeer and caribou — and causes degeneration in the brain of an infected animal, which culminates in its death.

“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,” Simonson stated.

The disease is spread when a cervid comes into contact with defective proteins from an infected animal, which are spread on the landscape through deposits of saliva or other bodily fluids, and the proteins are known to survive in the soil for several years and can infect another cervid.

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