CWD Update

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test samples for elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer continue to arrive to the state Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) from the South Dakota State University Laboratory, and GFP officials say another elk harvested in South Dakota has tested positive.

"As of Nov. 26, we have sampled 1,742 game animals from certain deer and elk management units in South Dakota for CWD," said Wildlife Biologist Steve Griffin of Rapid City. "The second elk detected with CWD was harvested in unit 407. It was a yearling cow taken about five-miles east of Custer Peak Lookout, or approximately eight-miles northwest of the town of Nemo."

Breakdown of the current 1,742 sampling received as of Nov. 26 include:

* 496 elk tested, 493 negative results, 2 positive results, 3 pending.

* 809 white-tailed deer tested, 401 negative results, 0 positive results, 408 pending.

* 437 mule deer tested, 252 negative results, 0 positive results, 185 pending.

The first elk detected with CWD was from the Pringle area.