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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)


 Fall Colors Lake Scene


The emergence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a prion disease that fatally affects cervids, which includes deer, elk, and moose, has prompted the St. Louis County Board to examine the crisis and consider options on how best to prevent and or mitigate CWD locally. On September 28, 2021, the St. Louis County Board adopted Ordinance 66, which placed a one-year moratorium on the creation or expansion of any new or existing captive cervid farms in St. Louis County to prevent the spread of CWD. The County indicated the moratorium and associated planning process were needed to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of citizens. For additional research and resources, please see below: