Doe dubbed Pink 23 will be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 29, 2012 3:37 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A hunter has killed a doe that escaped from a quarantined farm in New Oxford, Adams County, last month.

The doe is known as Pink 23. It attracted attention because it came from the same farm where two captive deer tested positive for CWD in October. That's a rare neurological illness that's fatal in deer, elk and moose.

Samantha Krepps with the state Agriculture Department says a hunter shot the deer on a farm about a half mile away from where it was originally was housed.

"The farms are in close proximity. They're both deer farms. Both farms are quarantined, because the deer had been on both properties," she says. "We need to test the brain and the lymph nodes. So, it will take two weeks for testing," she says. "As soon as we have the results, we'll release the results."

Since the two positive tests for CWD, the state has set up a 600-square-mile disease management area in York and Adams counties and also placed some 27 farms in 14 counties under quarantine.

CWD, which is not harmful to humans, has not been detected among the wild deer population.

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