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State Officials Fear Chronic Wasting Disease May Affect Pennsylvania’s Elk Herd

April 24, 2014

The newest discoveries of Chronic Wasting Disease which have resulted in yet another restriction for deer hunters in the south-central portion of the state, have led game officials to fear that the problem could spread to Pennsylvania’s elk herd.

The deadly CWD has been found in five wild and four captive deer since 2011.  Now that two road-killed deer tested positive last year, a Disease Management Area in Bedford County will be expanded.

Pennsylvania Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau tells Radio PA News there is concern for the 881 animals found in the state’s elk herd, the only such herd in the northeastern United States.

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