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From: TSS ()
Subject: Four elk tested positive for CWD over the winter at Wind Cave National Park SD
Date: June 15, 2006 at 12:48 pm PST

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK - Four elk tested positive for chronic wasting disease over the winter at Wind Cave National Park.

Thirteen elk and eight deer were tested for the fatal disease with the results just now becoming available. Animals tested came from road-killed animals and targeted surveillance for elk demonstrating clinical signs of the disease.
"Our on-going surveillance program to identify and remove suspect animals from our herds is helping us learn more about this disease in the park," said park biologist Dan Roddy. "We are incorporating information gained from this active surveillance program into the development of our elk management plan that will address population numbers and movement patterns both inside and outside park boundaries."
Since 1998, 123 deer and 34 elk in Wind Cave National Park have been tested for CWD. Of those animals, eight deer and eight elk have tested positive for this disease that is similar to mad cow disease and thought to be caused by a "prion" or abnormal protein particle. How the disease is transmitted is unknown, although at this time there is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans.


http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16795791&BRD=1300&PAG=461&dept_id=156923&rfi=6


SOUTH DAKOTA'S CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE (CWD) TESTING UPDATE -2005


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As of 04-30-2006

3,248 total samples collected since July 1, 2005:

767 elk
866 mule deer
1,615 white-tailed deer
Most samples are from the Black Hills and from prairie hunting units in Fall River, Custer, and eastern Pennington counties of western South Dakota. Most samples were taken from hunter-harvested animals.

RESULTS

As of 4-30-2006 we have received results from the SDSU Diagnostic Lab or Wind Cave National Park on 3,248 samples listed below.

767 elk

866 mule deer

1,615 white-tailed deer

Of the 3,244 samples tested to date, we have found 8 CWD positive deer and 5 CWD positive Elk. Below is a summary of these animals:

Mule deer male from Unit 27A in Fall River County. (Sick/Surveillance)
White-tailed deer male from Unit BD4 in Custer County. (Sick/Surveillance)
Elk Male from Unit H3A in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)
Elk Male from Unit H5A in Pennington County. (Hunter Harvest)
Elk Female from Wind Cave National Park. (Sick/Surveillance)
Mule deer male from Unit 27A in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)
Mule deer male from Unit 27A in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)
Elk Female from Wind Cave National Park. (Sick/Surveillance)
Mule deer male from Unit 27A in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)
White-tailed male from Unit 27B in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)
White-tailed male from Unit 27B in Fall River County. (Hunter Harvest)
White-tailed male from Unit 21A in Pennington County. (Vehicle Kill)
Elk male from Wind Cave National Park. (Sick/Surveillance)
In Summary:

South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks and Wind Cave National Park have found 13 cases of CWD (8 deer, 5 elk) in free ranging animals in the testing period of July 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006.

To date, South Dakota has found 46 cases of CWD (32 deer and 14 elk) in free ranging deer and elk since testing began in 1997. Wind Cave National Park accounts for 15 of these animals (7 elk, 8 deer). A total of 12,301 wild deer and elk have been tested for CWD since 1997.

Hunters may get their animal tested for chronic wasting disease by making their own arrangements directly through the SDSU Diagnostic Lab at (605) 688-5171.

Maps Showing Locations of Positive CWD Tests

Map of CWD Positives in SD 2005 - June 2006
Statewide View of Positive CWD Cases 2001 - June 2006
Map of CWD Positives in Black Hills 2005 - June 2006
Black Hills View of Positive CWD Cases 2001 - June 2006


http://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/hunting/BigGame/CWDresults.htm

TSS




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