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Chronic wasting disease found in deer in an area county
By: WJAC Web Staff
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission said its detected chromic wasting disease in a deer in the Bedford and Blair county area.
The game commission said Thursday that this was the first time this season the disease has been detected. The positive sample came from a 1 -year-old buck that was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 99 in November.
The positive test was unlikely to have much impact on hunters, the game commission said. The buck was killed within a 900-square-mile disease management area that includes sites where chronic wasting disease was previously detected.
The state Department of Agriculture announced Pennsylvanias first known case in 2012 in a doe from Adams County. Following that case, during the 2012 hunting season, two deer that were killed by hunters in Blair County and one killed by a hunter in Bedford County tested positive.
The game commission said some samples collected of deer in 2013 havent been tested.
During the 2013 rifle season, hunters in several counties in the 6 News area were required to have the deer they killed checked for the disease.