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No CWD found in midstate's wild deer herd

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 8, 2013 3:59 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- No deer samples from a quarantine area in the midstate have tested positive for a fatal neurological disease.

The state Game Commission says about 950 samples have been taken from deer harvested inside a 600-square-mile area in York and Adams counties.

Spokesman Jerry Feaser says the so-called "Disease Management Area" was set up for the fall deer hunting season to check for Chronic Wasting Disease.

"We were very pleased with the participation and compliance during the two-week firearms deer season," Feaser says. "It was very important to have that. We're very pleased with the way hunters worked with us to make sure that CWD has not been found in wild deer."

Feaser says statewide monitoring of hunter-killed and road-kill deer will continue.

Chronic Wasting Disease is blamed for the deaths of two captive deer on farm in New Oxford, Adams County, in September and November, respectively.

It has not been found in the wild whitetail deer population.

Though the illness is fatal for deer, elk and moose, it does not affect humans.

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