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Pa. creates 2nd management area for fatal deer disease

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has ordered new regulations and restrictions in an area where hunters killed deer with chronic wasting disease.

The disease management area, the second established in Pennsylvania to control the spread of the illness fatal to deer and elk, covers 900 square miles of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties.

Three deer killed in Bedford and Blair counties during the 2012 rifle season were the first wild deer found to have CWD since Pennsylvania began testing in 1998.

The first disease management area, in Adams and York counties, was established in October after a deer raised on a New Oxford farm became the state's first case of CWD.

In both areas, it is illegal to remove high-risk parts - including the head, spine, spleen - and all deer killed are subject to testing by the Game Commission.

Also, orphaned and injured deer cannot be rehabilitated, the use or possession of deer urine-based attractants is prohibited, and direct or indirect feeding of wild deer is illegal.

Road-killed deer can be picked up under certain conditions and with the approval of a regional Game Commission office.

CWD attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

The new regulations and maps of the disease management areas are posted on the website of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, www.pgc.state.pa.us, and will be published in the 2013-14 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest.

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