PIERRE, S.D. – A second elk killed by hunters in the Black Hills has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the Game, Fish and Parks Department said.

The yearling cow was killed northwest of Nemo. The first elk detected with chronic wasting disease was taken in the Pringle area.

The GF&P is testing hundreds of deer and elk killed by hunters to check for the disease, which attacks the brain of infected animals and leads to death.

As of late November, the two elk were the only positive results from 1,742 samples tested so far this fall, the department said.

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