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GC CWD Mtg - Roaring Springs, PA 3-20 @ 7 PM

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southcentral Region Director Brad Myers has announced the agency will hold a public meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease Wednesday, March 20, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Spring Cove Middle School auditorium, 185 Spring Grove Circle, Roaring Spring, Blair County.

Pennsylvania Game Commission staff will be present to provide information on the recent discovery of CWD in three hunter-harvested deer from Blair and Bedford counties, as well as the latest news on this evolving situation, and background information on CWD. Agency staff also will discuss the management challenges that go along with finding CWD in the free-ranging deer population.On March 4, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe announced these were the first confirmed positive cases of CWD in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania. The disease was first documented in early October, 2012, by the state Department of Agriculture in a captive deer on an Adams County deer farm.First discovered in Colorado in 1967, Pennsylvania is the 23rd state to have discovered CWD within their borders. CWD affects only cervids, and is fatal in deer, elk and moose. There is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.At the present time, there is no live test for the disease and no treatment or cure exists. The disease is caused by an abnormal protein that results in small holes to form in the animal's brain. Outward appearances would include drooping ears, the head hanging down, excessive thirst and urination, loss of fear of humans, a general disheveled appearance, but most importantly, severe loss of body mass. Since 1998, the Game Commission has gathered and submitted more than 43,000 samples from free ranging deer and elk for CWD testing. This is the first time that the disease has been detected in any of those samples.For more information from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on CWD, visit the agency's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us and click on "CWD Info."



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ROARING SPRING - Hunters turned Spring Cove Middle School's 500-seat auditorium into a sea of camouflage Wednesday as state Game Commission officers revealed the first hints of their response to chronic wasting disease in wild deer.

In an hours long presentation to a packed house, commission veterinarian Walt Cottrell and Bureau of Wildlife Management Director Calvin DuBrock detailed how the deadly deer illness' spreads and the prognosis for Blair and Bedford counties, the site of Pennsylvania's first wild outbreak......


"There is no place where this disease has ever occurred that it has been stopped," Cottrell said. "There are two things the disease does when it arrives: It gets worse, and it spreads."

Chronic wasting disease, which slowly destroys deer's brains and ends in certain death, spread to Pennsylvania sometime before the fall hunting season. While there's no evidence that the disease can affect humans, it decimates deer populations when it hits, Cottrell said.

In response, Game Commission officials have declared a "disease management area" ranging from the turnpike in Bedford County to a Tyrone-Huntingdon axis in the north and from Portage in the west to Raystown Lake in the east....


Those orders - likely to be developed in the coming weeks and revealed before fall - will affect deer on both private and public lands, he said.

DuBrock said commission officials haven't decided how far to extend new rules....

Deer hit by cars in the zone will be tested whenever possible, officials said, and further public hearings will be scheduled before the fall rifle season.

It's too late to stop the illness entirely, Cottrell cautioned. The protein that causes chronic wasting disease survives in the ground indefinitely, and with Pennsylvania's dense heavy deer population its spread is almost guaranteed, he said.

Cottrell said 48 percent of bucks in Wyoming, near the disease's national epicenter, are infected. Pennsylvania's deer population is 10 times as dense, he said, and therefore vastly more likely to transmit the deadly protein.

With the three positives found among just 192 local deer tested since fall, an audience member asked how many others already carry the disease in Blair and Bedford counties.

"More than three," Cottrell said.





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Standing room only in Roaring Spring Wednesday evening. Hundreds of hunters, farmers, and other outdoor enthusiasts all concerned over one thing--Chronic Wasting Disease in the local deer population.

Brad Myers, PA Game Commission, says, “We tested 3,000 deer for Chronic Wasting Disease. Three came back positive--all three from this area."

PA Game Commission officials say the affected deer were from Roaring Spring, Hollidaysburg, and New Enterprise. It's a deadly disease with no known treatment or cure. It's a big deal for the agricultural and wildlife community here in Pennsylvania--one of the biggest communities in the entire country.

Dr. Walt Cottrell, wildlife veterinarian, says, "There’s 1,100 propagators of deer and elk in PA. 25,000 animals behind the fence. Do we qualify? We're second only to Texas.”

The disease can spread very quickly and again is deadly. So the PA Game Commission wants to assure the public that they are aware of the issue and are attacking it at all fronts.

Myers adds, "We're going to do everything we can to help slow the progression of this disease."




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