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Game Commission: CWD appears to be contained

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 15, 2012 8:32 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The two-week firearms deer season is at an end, but checks for a deadly neurological disease will go on in the midstate. 

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The state Game Commission says testing for Chronic Wasting Disease needs to be done to insure the illness found in two deer on an Adams County farm has not spread to the wild herd.

Spokesman Jerry Feaser says, so far, it appears to be contained. "We're going to continue to see what's going on in the rest of the state as well, because we not only gathered samples in the diseased management area in York and Adams counties, we also did our traditional sample collections throughout all of Pennsylvania."

Feaser says the commission is also encouraging hunters to report their harvests during the past two weeks.

Commission data reveals less than 40 percent of deer taken last year were reported to the state.

CWD is not harmful to humans, but is fatal for deer, elk, and moose.

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