Disease Leading To Decline In SD Deer Population

(Rapid City, SD) — A disease is leading to a decline in the South Dakota deer population. Game, Fish, and Parks officials say Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease is is a virus affecting whitetail deer that is spread by a biting midge. Officials say there were just over ten cased confirmed in 2022 in the Meade, Pennington, and Lawrence County area and nearly 130 suspected cases.

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