Minnesota wildlife managers have imposed a statewide ban on the movement of farmed white-tailed deer.

The move began on June 1 and will run through the end of July.  Officials are trying to control an outbreak of chronic wasting disease that threatens the state’s wild deer population.

According to officials, the ban is meant to curtail the spread of the always fatal brain disease which can spread when captive deer from infected herds are transferred to farms in other parts of the state and pass it on wild deer.

Officials say that 13 deer in a farmed herd in Beltrami County recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease.