Game Commission restricts some hunting because of disease

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 27, 2014 6:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Tougher restrictions are being implemented for some deer hunters after new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease.


The state Game Commission says a disease management area will grow by more than 1,600 square miles and the number of doe licenses will be reduced.

The area now includes most of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton and Huntingdon counties.

In most cases, hunters are not allowed to take deer out of a DMA, and some attractants are also banned.

"We have seen the growing herd, it's the only herd in the Northeast, it's something we take a lot of pride in here. But again, when you bring CWD into the mix as a potential impact on that herd, it's reason for concern," says the commission’s Travis Lau. He says this latest move is also about protecting elk.

Chronic Wasting Disease is fatal for deer and has never been eradicated in areas where it's spread.

The state first established a disease management area in York and Adams counties in 2011, and some farms remain under quarantine.

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