Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - State funded emergency deer feeding efforts are set to begin in the northern part of Minnesota this week.
Funding the largely volunteer – based effort are $170,000 authorized by the DNR as part of an Emergency Deer Feeding Initiative.
According to the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, 13 deer permitting areas in the northern half of the state have been selected for feeding efforts.
MDHA Executive Director Mark Johnson says the specially formulated feed will be distributed to at least eight feed distribution sites, including Widdes Feed Mill in Esko, by week's end.
From there, over 130 volunteers will trek through the snow and forests to distribute the feed.
The efforts are in response to the lack of food and brutal conditions this winter has created for the state's herd.
The DNR, however, is concerned that feeding efforts will have no real impact on herd preservation.
They add that the chance of spreading diseases, like Chronic Wasting Disease, through feeding efforts could be more detrimental to the herd than starvation.