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GFP Commission Proposes CWD Checks for Deer Harvested in Custer State Park

PIERRE, S.D. – A proposal from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission would require successful Custer State Park (CSP) deer hunters to submit samples of their harvested deer to be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Similar to the current requirement for harvested elk in CSP, test results will be used for determining a random prevalence rate of CWD for deer within the park.  To learn more about CWD and its known presence in South Dakota, visit https://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife-disease/.

The GFP Commission will consider the adoption of this proposal on June 7 in Aberdeen. To comment in person, the public hearing will be held June 7 in Aberdeen at 2 p.m. CDT. Individuals can also provide written comments on proposals by sending them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501, or online at https://gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/. To be included in the public record and to be considered by the Commission, comments must include a full name and city of residence and meet the submission deadline of 72 hours before the public hearing (not including the day of the public hearing).