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Chronic Wasting-South Dakota

Chronic Wasting-South Dakota

Ban proposed on transporting deer, elk carcasses to curb CWD


The Associated Press - July 9, 2019

FORT PIERRE, S.D. - A new proposal would ban transporting deer and elk carcasses in some parts of South Dakota to help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to the most restrictive options presented to the commissioners for transporting mule deer, whitetail deer and elk carcasses into and around South Dakota.

A final decision is expected in September. The Argus Leader says if approved, the restrictions would go into effect on July 1, 2020.

Chronic wasting disease has been found in free-ranging deer and elk in southwestern South Dakota. Staff urged the commission to adopt the most restrictive options to slow the disease's spread to the rest of the state.

CWD is a fatal disease that strikes the nervous system in deer, elk and moose.



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