Preston, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is planning two special hunts next month followed by deer culling efforts in January after Chronic Wasting Disease was discovered in 11 more deer harvested by hunters in Fillmore County this fall. Interested local property owners will also be issued hunting permits.

DNR wildlife research manager Lou Cornicelli says the new cases of the fatal brain disorder indicate the disease is persisting in and around of the CWD disease management zone and the agency needs to act quickly to contain it while it is still relatively confined in a geographic area. The management zone covers an approximate 10-mile radius around Preston. Since CWD was first detected, there have been 28 cases identified in the Preston area.

A public meeting is planned in Preston on December 18th to provide citizens with more information about the efforts to contain and eradicate the disease. Information about the special hunts next month will be listed on the DNR website next Tuesday.