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Pa. Game Commission takes steps to control fatal deer disease

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has established new rules for hunters in parts of Adams and York counties as part of its response to a fatal deer disease.

Hunters are prohibited from moving certain deer parts, using certain attractants, and must bring their deer to a mandatory check station when hunting in a nearly 600-square-mile area designated as a disease management area.

Deer feeding also is banned in the designated area, since feeding causes deer to congregate in certain areas and increases the likelihood that chronic wasting disease could spread if found in the wild.

The steps taken Wednesday are in response to the state's first case of chronic wasting disease on a deer farm in Adams County. The captive-born and raised white-tailed deer that tested positive last week was on a farm along New Chester Road in New Oxford.

Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said the establishment of the disease management area will allow officials to monitor the state's wild deer population in the area surrounding where the infected deer was found.

Hunters within the disease management area specifically are prohibited from moving high-risk deer parts outside of the areas. The high-risk parts include the head, spinal cord and backbone, spleen, skull plate with attached antlers if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present, cape if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present, upper canine teeth if root structure or other soft tissue is present, any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue, unfinished taxidermy mounts, and brain-tanned hides.

Parts not considered high-risk include the meat without the backbone, cleaned skull plate with attached antlers if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present, tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present, cape if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present, upper canine teeth if no root structure or other soft tissue is present, and finished taxidermy mounts.

Hunters who harvest a deer within the disease management area during the two-week firearms deer season from November 26 to December 8 are required to bring their deer to a mandatory check station so that samples can be collected for testing.

For hunters in any other deer season, bringing deer to the check station is voluntary but encouraged.

The Game Commission will contract with processors to be available at the check station to serve hunters who want to move their harvest outside of the management area without taking high-risk parts with them.

Hunters within the management area also are prohibited from using or possessing any cervid urine-based attractants, since such attractants cause deer to congregate in certain areas and increases the likelihood that chronic wasting disease could spread if found in the wild.

The Game Commission said it also prohibited the rehabilitation of deer within the management area, as those deer will be euthanized and tested for chronic wasting disease.

Those with a menagerie permit from the Game Commission will be prohibited from transporting live deer into or out of the management area, and no new menagerie permits will be issued within the area.

The order does not impact cervid livestock operations, which are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture.

Deer harvested outside of the disease management area will not be eligible for testing at the check station, but hunters may get their deer checked by the Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Laboratory, for a fee, by calling (717) 787-8808.

 

Where is the check station?

The check station is the Game Commission maintenance building on State Game Land 249, 1070 Lake Meade Road, East Berlin, Adams County. GPS coordinates for the building are -77.07280 and 39.97018.

The check station will begin operation from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 23 except for Sunday when the check station will be closed.

Details about check station hours for the remainder of the early archery and the regular firearms deer season, as well as the late archery and flintlock seasons, will be announced at a later date.

The Game Commission will cover the cost of having the animal tested, and the hunter will be notified if the harvested deer is found to be infected with chronic wasting disease.

 

Where is the disease management area?

The boundaries of the disease management area are as follows:

Starting at the intersection of Interstate 76 and the west bank of the Susquehanna River heading south along the River (21.8 miles) to U.S. Highway 30. Westbound on U.S. Highway 30 (18.3 miles) to Highway 116. Highway 116 towards Hanover (13.7 miles). In Hanover, southwest on State Highway 194 (7 miles) to Littlestown, then northwest on State Highway 97 (9.7 miles) to Gettysburg.  In Gettysburg, north on State Highway 34 (14.3 miles) to the Idaville Road. East on Idaville Road (4.8 miles) to the intersection of State Highway 94.  North State Highway 94 (2 miles) to Latimore Road. East on Latimore Road (1.6 miles) to Mountain Road. North on Mountain Road (6.9 miles) to Dillsburg and the intersection of US Highway 15.  North on US Highway 15 (3.2 miles) to the Yellow Breeches Creek (County Line).  Northeast along the banks of the Yellow Breeches Creek (12.1 miles) to the intersection of I-76.  East along I-76 (6.4 miles) to the intersection of the west bank of Susquehanna River and the starting point.

Source: Pennsylvania Game Commission

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