Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in 3 new counties in western SD

PIERRE, S.D. — Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been confirmed in three new counties, making 12 counties total in South Dakota known to be infected with CWD.

South Dakota Game Fish and Parks recently confirmed CWD in the counties of Butte, Corson and Haakon in western South Dakota. This brings the number of counties infected with CWD to 12, which includes eight counties added during the fall of 2019.

The disease was discovered by samples provided by hunters. One male whitetail deer from both Butte and Corson counties tested positive, while two male mule deer tested positive from Haakon County.

“We’ve learned that CWD is not a disease just restricted to the Black Hills and surrounding area and this definitely creates some challenges moving forward,” said GFP wildlife program administrator Chad Switzer.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal brain disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an abnormal protein called a prion. Animals in the later stages of infection with CWD may show progressive loss of weight and body condition, behavioral changes, excessive salivation, loss of muscle control and eventual death.

The Game, Fish and Parks Commission recently created regulations for the transportation and disposal of deer and elk carcasses from other states and from hunting units within South Dakota’s confirmed CWD areas. For more information click HERE.

South Dakota’s CWD Endemic Counties include: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington and Tripp.

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