Notebook: Pa. Game Commission to Talk about Disease Outbreak

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Around the Game Commission

* The Game Commission will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Waynesburg Fairgrounds auction building to provide information on the outbreak of EHD, or epizootic hemorrhagic disease, across the region.

EHD is being blamed for the death of more than 1,000 white- tailed deer. The greatest impact has been seen in Greene and Washington counties, but the disease has also been confirmed in Westmoreland and Beaver. It's the suspected cause of death for some deer in Allegheny and Cambria counties, too.

Walter Cottrell, the commission's wildlife veterinarian, will be at the meeting, along with other personnel from the agency's southwest region office, to answer questions.

The commission has also posted an EHD fact sheet on its Web site.

* Game Commission staff will take part in a town meeting on "The Future of Hunting in Pennsylvania's Big Woods" from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Coudersport Area Junior/Senior High School in Potter County.

Brian Lockman, President and CEO of PCN, or Pennsylvania Cable Network, will moderate a panel consisting of Dennis Dusza, director of the commission's northcentral region office, commission deer biologist Bret Wallingford, USDA research forester Susan Stout, and Jack Kraft, owner of First Fork Lodge and past president of the Potter County Visitors Association.

PCN will broadcast the meeting across the state. Check local listings for channel information.

* The Game Commission drew names to award 1,010 bobcat permits at its Harrisburg headquarters last week.

The agency had received 6,064 applications. Fifteen of those people were disqualified for various reasons.

Forty-four of the people to draw a permit were females. Sixty- five junior hunters drew tags. Lancaster County residents drew more tags than those from any other county, with 57. …