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Published November 09, 2013, 05:55 PM

Minnesota DNR toughening up on baiting deer

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources is cracking down on the baiting of deer.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources is cracking down on the baiting of deer.

Officers say any piles of grains, fruits or hay are illegal to place out for deer.

That's because when deer gather together and share the food it's more likely they'll transfer saliva.

And that can cause the spread of disease.

Even if you're not baiting deer for hunting purposes, the DNR stresses feeding wild animals is a bad idea.

"We generally discourage any type of feeding of wildlife because they become dependent on that food source, especially during the winter months. And if you take away that food source, it can lead to starvation and other problems."

If you're caught baiting, you'll face a 385 dollar fine.

You could have your fire arms taken away and your hunting privileges revoked for an entire year.

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