St. Louis County bans new deer, elk farms


October 7, 2022

The St. Louis County board voted to prohibit new cervid farms in the county in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, effective immediately. The unanimous vote updated the county’s zoning ordinance to allow existing cervid farms to continue to operate, while prohibiting expansion of those existing farms.

Chronic wasting disease affects deer, elk, and moose. The disease is fatal to animals and there are no treatments or vaccines. It may take over a year before an infected animal develops symptoms, which can include drastic weight loss (wasting), stumbling, listlessness...

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