Animals test negative for bovine tuberculosis

HARDING COUNTY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - There is some encouraging news from Harding County about the discovery in March of bovine tuberculosis in a livestock herd.

After the TB in cattle was discovered, State Game, Fish and Parks conducted tests to see if the disease had spread to nearby wildlife.

Those results from animals tested in Western Harding County were negative: 55 white–tailed deer, 56 mule deer, 42 pronghorn, 37 coyotes and nine raccoons.

The salvageable big game meat will be delivered to local food pantries through Feeding South Dakota.

Tom Kirschenmann with game and fish says they will work with the State Animal Industry Board to conduct another wildlife surveillance of TB during the fall hunting season.