PIERRE, S.D.-(Ammoland.com)- In response to a March 2017 discovery of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a Harding county livestock herd, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) conducted an immediate wildlife surveillance effort to determine if TB was present in area wildlife.
Test results from the National Veterinary Services Laboratories for bovine tuberculosis were negative for the 55 white-tailed deer, 56 mule deer, 42 pronghorn, 37 coyotes and nine raccoons collected from western Harding County.
The salvageable big game meat that was processed will be delivered to local food pantries through Feeding South Dakota.
“We are pleased that the results from our initial surveillance efforts have returned negative,” stated Tom Kirschenmann, GFP assistant division director of wildlife. “Our agency will work with the South Dakota Animal Industry Board to conduct another wildlife surveillance of TB during the fall hunting season. This additional effort will follow similar efforts conducted in previous years where the concern of TB has occurred.”