Elk

In The Moment ... April 6, 2017 Show 066 Hour 1

Terry Stewart was CEO of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. He's in Vermillion today to speak at the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company annual banquet. But first, he stopped by the SDPB studios for a conversation about music, history and leadership.

SDPB contributor Kevin Woster is with us to discuss elk hunting in Wind Cave National Park as hunters help fight chronic wasting disease in herds.

Wind Cave National Park

A recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows nearly ten percent of Wind Cave National Park’s elk population suffers from Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD.

According to the report the disease causes extreme weight loss and is incurable.

GF&P Aims To Bump Up Elk Population

Apr 8, 2015
Wind Cave National Park / National Park Service

The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Department wants to increase the number of elk in the Black Hills.

Currently officials estimate the Black Hills wintertime elk population at about 6,300.  They hope to boost that to 7,000 over the next five years. 

Chad Switzer is with the Game Fish and Parks Department in Pierre.   Switzer says the elk population is growing.  

He says officials want to keep that growth in check with increased hunting this spring.

Elk Poacher Pleads Guilty

Nov 1, 2012

Officials at Wind Cave National Park say they are pleased that justice is being served in an elk poaching case.

This week U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced that 47 year old Timothy Burke plead guilty to unlawful taking of wildlife.

Burke is one of two men charged in the January killing of two bull elk on Wind Cave National Park.

Tom Farrell is a spokesperson for Wind Cave.  He says the impact of two lost animals to the overall elk herd is slight, but the impact to the visitor experience is significant.