Chronic wasting disease found in central South Dakota, GF&P says

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FILE: Two deer graze in a Yosemite Valley field on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Chronic wasting disease, a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk, and moose, has been confirmed in a new area in central South Dakota.

The disease was detected in an adult female mule deer in Stanley County. Stanley County is now considered in the CWD endemic area.

South Dakota has now confirmed CWD in 18 counties of western and central South Dakota. The GFP Commission recently modified carcass transportation and disposal regulations for the entire state that are effective beginning with the 2021 hunting seasons.

The goal of the new CWD regulations is to help reduce the artificial spread of the disease into new areas of South Dakota.

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