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GFP Looking for Public Comment on Revised CWD Management Plan

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Department is seeking public comments on the revised draft of their Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management plan.

The objective of the “South Dakota Chronic Wasting Disease Action Plan” is to provide guidance and transparency regarding the management of CWD to wildlife managers and the public.

The plan can be found at: gfp.sd.gov/chronic-wasting-disease/, and then clicking on the “2nd CWD Plan” link.

“The public involvement process in developing this plan included a diverse stakeholder group, several open houses, and discussions with numerous organizations and members of the public,” said GFP wildlife program administrator, Chad Switzer. “The involvement of those interested in CWD and the long-term outlook for our future deer and elk populations was appreciated in the development of this plan.”

Submit comments via email to CWDActionPlan@state.sd.us or mail them to 523 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501. Comments must include full name and city of residence. To request a printed copy of the draft plan, call 605.773.3387.

Comments will be taken through June 28th.

The GFP Commission will be considering formal adoption of this plan at their July meeting in Pierre.