The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about the so-called zombie deer disease.
As of last month — federal health officials say 24-states have reported cases of ‘chronic wasting disease’ in free-ranging deer and elk. That includes South Dakota.
According to the CDC, cases have been reported in some southwestern South Dakota counties, including Pennington County.
CWD is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects deer, elk and moose. Symptoms include weight loss, stumbling and listlessness — earning it the nickname ‘zombie deer disease’.
It’s not just free-ranging animals being infected. The CDC says the disease has also been found in farmed deer and elk.
Experts warn against eating infected deer meat. You can see the CDC report here.