**UPDATE-CWD was confirmed in a Captive elk herd in Custer County, South Dakota October 14, 2020. The herd is under quarantine and the SD Animal Industry Board is working in cooperation with USDA to investigate this case.
Chronic Wasting Disease was identified in two farmed elk herds in the state in 2019. These two herds were depopulated in late 2019 and the fenced premises no longer have captive cervids present. Currently, South Dakota has 23 farmed cervid herds participating in the USDA recognized voluntary CWD Herd Certification (HCP) program. This surveillance program resulted in CWD testing of 67 eligible animals in FY 2020.
Since the CWD Surveillance program was implemented in 1998, a total of 7,077 farmed cervids have been tested for CWD in South Dakota. These number show strong participation in the surveillance program and the continuing cooperation of the cervid industry in SD.
As of June 20, 2020 there have been 29,600 wild cervids sampled for CWD under the direction of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, with 497 positive results. Please see the SD GFP website at the link below for locations where CWD has been detected in wild deer and elk.