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As rifle deer season kicks off, is CWD a concern for hunters? - abc27 WHTM

As rifle deer season kicks off, is CWD a concern for hunters?

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Hunters across the midstate are checking their guns and pulling out their vests, all to get ready for rifle deer season, which begins Monday.

But with two cases of Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer from an Adams County farm this fall, some hunters are concerned.

In York County Sunday, anxious hunters shot-in their guns and bragged about their prize bucks, they also debated about CWD.

As abc27 has reported in recent weeks, only two captive deer have been found with the disease, both contained on a farm in Adams County.

The disease poses no threat to humans, but could have catastrophic effects on the deer population, if the disease spreads into the wild.

To make sure that does not happen, the PA Game Commission and Department of Agriculture are monitoring captive deer on 1,100 deer farms statewide. State officials have also quarantined 30 farms, including some in York and Adams counties.

Some hunters said state officials did the right thing, while others said they missed the target.

"The utter carelessness by Harrisburg is criminal," said Eric Maloney of Red Lion. "Sportsman, please, we need to gather together."

"I feel that they did their job. I feel that they're on top of it," said Stephen Beers of Mechanicsburg. "They have everything in place where they need to have it and they're going to take care of it."

Sportsmen should do their part as well. That means keeping an eye out for any signs of the disease and closely following the regulations that are in place.

For more detailed information on CWD, visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=587240&mode=2.

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