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Some South Dakota bighorns testing positive for deadly bacteria

from Black Hills Pioneer

Across the West, a pneumonia-causing bacteria has wreaked havoc among bighorn sheep herds in numerous states, including South Dakota. In 2004, the Custer State Park bighorns contracted mycoplasma ovipneumoiae, the pneumonia-causing bacteria that killed 70 to 80 percent of the park's 200 sheep. It is also in the Black Hills herd, found near Rapid City, and now South Dakota's newest herd, located in the Lead-Deadwood area, have animals testing positive for the pathogens. more


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