Hunters playing important role in Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance

PIERRE, S.D. (KCCR) – As state wildlife officials watch Chronic Wasting Disease move east across South Dakota, hunters are playing an important role in Game, Fish and Parks surveillance efforts.  South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Program Administrator Chad Switzer says participation by hunters is strictly voluntary.

Switzer says videos on the G-F and P website can help hunters with self-sampling.

Switzer says hunters need to be aware of new regulations regarding the disposal of animals out of endemic zones.

Chronic Wasting Disease has been located in the last month in Sully, Lyman, Ziebach and Mellette Counties. Sixteen counties across mainly western South Dakota area listed as a C-W-D endemic area.