The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks are planning to promote bighorn sheep in Custer State Park. As reported by the Black Hills Pioneer, GF&P will collect 10-15 female sheep from Badlands National Park and transfer them into Custer State Park, which currently has just 30 sheep after its herd suffered from a pneumonia-like disease over a decade ago.
Since the outbreak of the disease, sheep in Custer State Park have fared better in recent years. In the past two years, none of the park’s bighorn sheep have perished from the disease. Three of the surviving sheep who had been exposed to the disease have been sent to South Dakota State University for further study. If the transplant of sheep from the Badlands to Custer State Park is successful, the state park’s existing herd would be nearly doubled.
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