A bit concerning ?
We all have heard about the CWD infected Deer found in Adams County, and it may be old news to some, but I just read (in PON), that the Deer originated (born) in Lycoming County. Lycoming County is not part of the CWD Zone, the area surrounding the infected site. Hunters taking Deer in the CWD Zone, can have them checked for CWD at a designated check station. If I were to take a Deer in that area, I would certainly have it tested prior to consuming it. But I found this quote, by David Wolfgang, Veterinarian in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, a bit concerning.........
"According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that CWD can be transferred to humans, but if I harvested a Deer near Williamsport, I would want to be sure it was disease free."
Now, this CWD testing will cost $75 per test, which would be paid of course, out of pocket by hunters in non-affected CWD zone areas. I'm fairly certain MOST hunters, even the one's that know the infected Deer was born in Lycoming, will not opt for the test. To that, I have a few questions. 1. Why is the area around where this Deer was born, not designated a CWD Zone so it can receive proper funding for hunter harvested deer to be tested. 2. How many of you would feel comfortable taking a Deer surrounding this Williamsport area, and consuming it without testing ? 3. Will this alter your hunting area choice ?