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PGC announce new case of CWD

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced today Jan. 2, that a new case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been detected in Bedford County via ongoing surveillance of highway-killed deer.

A white-tailed deer that was killed on Interstate 99 in Nov. was sent for testing as part of the PGC’s ongoing effort to monitor the prevalence and spread of CWD, which is fatal to the deer, but is not known to be transmitted to humans. The 1-year-old buck struck on I-99 was conformed CWD positive on Dec. 24, according to the PGC.

Although the CWD positive test is unlikely to have much impact on hunters, it serves as a reminder that CWD has been found in South Central Pennsylvania. Due to CWD positives in 2012, the PGC already established Disease Management Areas (DMAs) where special rules apply to hunters and residents. The buck that tested positive Dec. 24 was killed within what is known as DMA 2, a 900-square-mile area that includes parts of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties.

CWD was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive facility in Adams County, with three more harvested deer testing CWD positive in 2012. Late-season deer hunting is now underway statewide and, in some parts of the state, deer hunting is open through the last Saturday in January. For more information on CWD, the rules applying within DMAs or what hunters can do to have harvested deer tested for CWD, please visit the PGC website.

This author writes other columns. To view other topics from this author, visit the author’s page. ©2014 Yvonne P. Mazzulo, All rights reserved. Connect with Yvonne P. Mazzulo on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

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