Deer killed after escape from farm where CWD found

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 27, 2012 6:52 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A deer that escaped from a midstate farm where two others were diagnosed with a deadly neurological disease has been killed.

The state Game Commission says the escaped deer was killed yesterday, the first day of rifle deer season.

The doe had gotten loose from an Adams County deer farm where the first confirmed Pennsylvania cases of chronic wasting disease were discovered.

The neurological infection can't be transmitted to humans but is deadly to elk, moose and deer.

Game commission Executive Director Carl Roe says he didn't know if the deer had been taken by a recreational hunter or a professional sharpshooter among those looking for it.

The deer will undergo testing that will take about a week.

No deer in the wild population have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

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