After two deer were discovered to be suffering from chronic wasting disease this fall, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting December 15.

The informational meeting on Thursday, December 15, is scheduled for 7-8:30PM at the Fillmore Central school auditorium in Preston. Staff from the Minnesota DNR will discuss the next step after two deer harvested during the fall hunt near Lanesboro were found to have chronic wasting disease. Among the actions are a special winter deer hunt, landowner shooting permits and establishment of a management zone.

Chronic wasting disease does affect humans but is fatal to deer, moose and elk. The DNR reports the only other confirmed report of the disease was near Pine Island in 2010.

Representatives from deer hunting organizations and other state agencies will be in attendance to answer questions.

The DNR tested nearly 3,000 deer in southeastern Minnesota during the fall hunt, with just the two taken near Lanesboro as the only ones to test positive.