CLOQUET, MN -- Carlton and Pine Counties have joined a growing list of Minnesota counties where deer feeding bans are now in effect.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the bans are needed to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.
In counties where deer feeding is banned, the DNR says people need to remove any grains, fruits, nuts and other food that entices deer.
People who feed birds or small mammals need to make sure that deer cannot access the food; for example, keeping feed at least 6 feet above ground level.
Additional counties added to the ban include Pope, Douglas, Kanabec, Isanti and Chisago.
CWD is an always-fatal neurological disease that affects the cervid family, which includes deer, elk and moose.
To date, 79 wild deer have been confirmed positive for CWD in Minnesota.