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South Dakota Game, Fish And Parks Proposes New Carcass Transport Rules To Prevent CWD Spread

This emaciated deer in Iowa County, Wis., was later confirmed to have chronic wasting disease. Most animals that carry the disease look healthy; it's only in the final stages of the disease when they become sickly looking. Wisconsin DNR photo
South Dakota Game, Fish And Parks Proposes New Carcass Transport Rules To Prevent CWD Spread

Proposed rule changes would tighten restrictions for transporting deer, elk and moose harvested out-of-state and from areas in S.D. where CWD has been found.

PIERRE — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has proposed changes to the way hunters would be allowed to transport deer, elk, or moose carcasses from outside the state or areas in South Dakota that are known to harbor chronic wasting disease.

Three rule changes were proposed to prevent the spread of CWD.

Wildlife processing facilities licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the S.D. Animal Industry Board will dispose of deer, moose and elk carcasses taken from another state or a S.D. CWD endemic area. This will be done in collaboration with a waste management provider or permitted landfill.

Importing whole deer, moose and elk carcasses and high-risk carcass parts (brain and spinal tissue) into South Dakota would be restricted from other states, regardless of CWD status.

Exceptions include:

  • Cut and wrapped meat with no part of the head or spinal column would be allowed, as would antlers, hides and taxidermy mounts.
  • Hunters would be allowed to deliver a whole carcass or head with anglers directly to a licensed taxidermist, game processor or hunter residence. Remaining carcass parts would need to be disposed of in a permitted landfill within 14 days of processing.

  • Deer, elk and moose carcasses traveling through S.D. or that test negative for CWD would be exempt from this regulation.

Hunter-harvested deer, moose, and elk carcasses would not be allowed to leave a known CWD endemic area within South Dakota.

Exceptions include:

  • Cut and wrapped meat, quarters and other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached would be exempt from this rule, along with antlers, hides and taxidermy mounts.

  • Whole deer, moose, and elk carcasses and high-risk carcass parts would be allowed if delivered to a licensed taxidermist, commercial processor or hunter residence. All remaining carcass parts would need to be disposed of with a waste management provider or permitted landfill within 14 days of processing.

  • Carcasses that test negative for CWD would be exempt from this regulation.

A public hearing will be held Sept. 5, at 2 p.m., at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Residents may also submit comments online at gfp.sd.gov/forms/positions/ or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, SD 57501.

To be included in the public record and considered by the Commission, comments must include commenter’s full name and city of residence, and be submitted at least 72 hours before the public hearing.

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