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Deer that escaped from CWD farm has been shot, will be tested

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A doe that escaped from a quarantined Adams County deer farm in October was shot and killed by a hunter less than a half a mile from the New Oxford farm it escaped from, the Department of Agriculture said Monday.

The doe, known as "Pink 23'' because of its pink farm tag, is now being tested for Chronic Wasting Disease. The farm it escaped from is the site of the first case of CWD in Pennsylvania, which was found in October.

To date, two deer have tested positive for the disease. As a result, the agriculture department quarantined 27 farms in 14 counties associated with the herd where the deer that tested positive. Deer cannot be moved on or off those quarantined premises. In addition, deer shot in the 600-square-mile disease management area that covers a large portion of York and Adams counties must be tested for CWD.

Agriculture Secretary George Greig said finding the escaped deer is a relief.

"The department has been working to prevent further spread of the disease," said Greig. "The capture and testing of this escaped deer will allow the department to close this chapter of the investigation."

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