Second captive deer tests positive for CWD

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 8, 2012 5:32 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A second deer on an Adams County farm has tested positive for a disease that's deadly to the animals.

State game regulators say the white-tailed buck is from the same New Oxford farm where Pennsylvania's first-ever case of Chronic Wasting Disease was discovered in September.

State Game Commission Spokesman Jerry Feaser says a 600 square-mile "disease management area" in York and Adams counties has been set up.

He says people hunting within that area will have to get their harvest tested.

"When we get to the firearms deer season, it is a mandatory check station," Feaser explains. "We will not only be operating our check station, but we will be identifying meat processors throughout the disease management area that will also be serving as check stations."

Feaser says while only two cases of CWD have been found on the farm, one captive deer has escaped from the facility.

He says state game officers are looking for the animal, and are testing any road-kill deer they find in the area.

The state Agriculture Department has quarantined 27 farms in 16 counties associated with the positive samples.

Deer cannot be moved on or off quarantined properties.

No CWD has been found in the wild deer population.

There's a meeting about the disease today at 7 p.m. at the York Fairgrounds.

Published in Adams County, News, York

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