Captive Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease Euthanized in Lancaster

By Hayes, John | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), June 17, 2018 | Go to article overview

Captive Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease Euthanized in Lancaster


Hayes, John, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


The following CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION appeared on June 19, 2018. Since chronic wasting disease was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012, 128 free-ranging deer have tested positive for it, according to the state Game Commission. An incorrect number was used Sunday in an Outdoors story and Monday in a Local News story.

Pennsylvania's biggest wildlife problem continues to grow. Last week the state Department of Agriculture announced that three deer in Blair and Lancaster counties were confirmed to have contracted chronic wasting disease.

Two of the white-tailed deer, fenced in a small deer farm, were the first captive deer to test positive for CWD in Blair County. That farm has been placed under quarantine.

The other CWD-infected deer was owned by a deer farm at which two other deer had previously tested positive for the disease. The entire herd has been euthanized.

Department of Agriculture records show that 128 captive deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania. Since CWD was confirmed in the state in 2012, 78 free-ranging deer have tested positive, according to the state Game Commission. The number more than tripled since 2016, when 25 deer were confirmed to have CWD.

In a statement the Game Commission said that to control CWD among free-ranging deer, the agency has strengthened rules regarding the importation of deer parts, and expanded disease management areas in which special rules apply to hunters and residents. …

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