CWD Update - Wednesday night, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) had to euthanize two free-ranging deer in Ridgway Township, Elk County. The deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area.
Both deer had identification tags in their ears, indicating they were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the Commonwealth.
The commission has launched an investigation and will work with the state Department of Agriculture to determine ownership of these deer and to ascertain whether they escaped a facility or were intentionally released into the wild. At the same time, the deer are being examined by the PGC’s wildlife veterinarian, who will conduct an initial test to determine whether either deer was infected with CWD.
The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild raises significant concerns as the commission attempts to combat the expansion of CWD. I support the PGC's efforts to contain and, if possible, eliminate CWD.
Please click-here to watch an interview I recorded a week ago following discovery of a deer with CWD in Clearfield County.