Plan to combat chronic wasting disease now open to public review
PIERRE, S.D. — Officials of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) have created a comprehensive draft plan to address the spreading chronic wasting disease affecting state wildlife.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a neurological disease that affects the brain and spine of deer and elk. In all cases, CWD is fatal to the infected animal.
GFP is focused on three main management objectives related to CWD: determine presence and absence in high surveillance areas, reduce the spread from known endemic areas, and provide information to help understand, support and participate in CWD management practices.
The public’s input is important to GFP officials. Chad Switzer, GFP wildlife program administrator said, “We want to hear from resident and nonresident hunters, wildlife watchers, our neighbors and other outdoor enthusiasts about what their concerns are and how we can continue to improve the draft action plan.”
The public can review and comment on the CWD Draft Action Plan through May 5, 2019. When the public comment period is over an updated plan will move forward to the GFP Commission in Pierre on June 6. You can submit comments by emailing CWDActionPlan@state.sd.us or by mailing them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501.
More information on the plan and CWD can be found on the GFP website.