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Chronic wasting disease is believed to be the cause for the decline in the elk population.
Chronic wasting disease is believed to be the cause for the decline in the elk population.
November 21, 2016

Study on Elk Herd in Wind Cave National Park Begins

Researchers have begun to do studies on why the elk herd in Wind Cave National Park has decreased so fast and so soon. According to the Rapid City Journal, the animals caught will be tested for chronic wasting disease as it is believed to be the cause. Current proposals to help eliminate the disease in the herd also include culling it down significantly in the near future.

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