PIERRE – Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test results 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 two white-tailed males harvested in the Black Hills of South Dakota have recently tested positive for CWD.

“As of Jan 7, we have sampled 2,346 game animals from certain deer and elk management units in South Dakota for CWD,” said Wildlife Biologist Steve Griffin of Rapid City. “These are the first deer that have tested positive for CWD during this year’s sampling. One deer was harvested near Sheridan Lake, and the other deer was harvested near Johnson Siding in the Black Hills. Previously, two elk had been found with the disease.”

Breakdown of the current 2,346 sampling received as of Jan. 7 include:

645 elk tested, 624 negative results, 2 positive results, 19 pending. 1,151 white-tailed deer tested, 1127 negative results, 2 positive results, 22 pending. 550 mule deer tested, 539 negative results, 0 positive results, 11 pending

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