- Four elk tested positive for chronic
wasting disease over the winter at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.
- Thirteen elk and 8 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 filtered numbers and movement patterns both inside and outside
- Since 1998, 123 deer and 34 elk in Wind
Cave National Park have been tested for CWD. Of those animals, 8 deer and
8 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.
- Terry S. Singeltary Sr.
- It is not new that South Dakota has CWD,
but it good news that the park is targeting road kill to look for the disease.
Animals affected with the disease may be less able to avoid vehicles in
the park. - Mod.TG
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
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