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PUBLIC MEETINGS INFORM PENNSYLVANIANS ABOUT CWD

Game Commission communicating with communities through a series of meetings.
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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings to ensure Pennsylvanians remain informed about chronic wasting disease, and how this threat to the state’s deer and deer hunting impacts their lives.
So far, meetings have been scheduled on the following dates at these locations:
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·-------- Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – Chambersburg Rod & Gun Club, sponsored by state Rep. Paul Schemel in conjunction with a second amendment program. More information: 814-643-1831.

·-------- Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. – Fayetteville Fire Hall, sponsored by state Sen. Richard Alloway II. More information: 814-643-1831.

·-------- Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. – Greencastle Sportsman’s Club, sponsored by state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. More information: 814-643-1831.

·-------- Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Penn State DuBois Student Union, an open house sponsored by state Reps. Matt Gabler, Thomas Sankey and Cris Dush.

·-------- Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30-p.m. – Fayetteville Fire Hall,-sponsored by state Rep. Rob Kauffman. More information: 814-643-1831.

·-------- Tuesday, Oct.-10, 6:30-p.m. – McConnellsburg Fire Hall, sponsored by state Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and state Rep. Jesse Topper.-More information: 814-643-1831.
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Additional meetings may be scheduled. An up-to-date list of meetings can be found on the Chronic Wasting Disease page at Game Commission. A link to the page can be found under “Quick Clicks” on the website’s homepage.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) first was detected in Pennsylvania at a captive deer farm in Adams County in 2012, and has since been detected at an increasing rate in captive and free-ranging deer.

CWD always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects. As additional CWD-positive deer are detected in new areas, more and more Pennsylvanians must learn and comply with regulations geared to slow the disease’s spread.

The public meetings provide individuals an opportunity to ask questions and obtain detailed explanations about what they can do to help with efforts to curtail CWD.

A plethora of information about the disease, including maps of the Disease Management Areas within which special rules apply regarding the hunting and feeding of deer, can be found on the website.-
 

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I wonder if the PGC will hold public meetings about EHD which has killed thousands of deer in the past and probably several thousand or more this year? It would be nice to see some detailed maps of the affected counties broken down into townships with impact charts so hunters have some information on where to hunt and not hunt. Would also be nice to see some info on the disease itself, potential immunity, impact to populations, and ways landowners can minimize losses and manage deer on their own properties.

I am sure the PGC is quite elated, behind closed doors, that EHD makes it rounds every few years in this area of the state. If EHD only happened in the Northcentral part of the state, where hunters keep reporting low deer numbers, I am sure there would be a very different reaction.
 

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I wonder if the PGC will hold public meetings about EHD which has killed thousands of deer in the past and probably several thousand or more this year? It would be nice to see some detailed maps of the affected counties broken down into townships with impact charts so hunters have some information on where to hunt and not hunt. Would also be nice to see some info on the disease itself, potential immunity, impact to populations, and ways landowners can minimize losses and manage deer on their own properties.

I am sure the PGC is quite elated, behind closed doors, that EHD makes it rounds every few years in this area of the state. If EHD only happened in the Northcentral part of the state, where hunters keep reporting low deer numbers, I am sure there would be a very different reaction.
Why are you so concerned about the Game Commission providing maps of where EHD deer have been found? Do they need to do that with road killed deer and winter killed deer too?

Shouldn’t hunters be able to scout and figure out where they should and shouldn’t be hunting based on what they are finding as evidence of deer or no deer? Why is it all of a sudden the Game Commissions job to do someone scouting work for them?

EHD is an extremely localized issue, has been around for decades and by some accounts centuries in some places. It is an issue that will limit the hunter harvests during the worst years. There isn’t much of anything the Game Commission or anyone else can do about it.

It is also not the Game Commissions responsibility to do the hunters homework on where they should hunt or avoid hunting.

Dick Bodenhorn
 
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