2014-01-09 / Local & State

Pa. Finds Latest Case Of Deer With Deadly Disease

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission says it’s detected chronic wasting disease in a white-tailed deer for the first time in a year.

The game commission said Thursday that the positive sample came from a 11/2-year-old buck struck on Interstate 99 in November.

It says the positive test is unlikely to have much impact on hunters. The buck was killed within a 900- square-mile disease management area in south-central Pennsylvania that includes two sites where chronic wasting disease was previously detected.

The state Department of Agriculture announced Pennsylvania’s first known case in 2012, from a 3-year-old captive doe in Adams County.

After that, two deer killed in Blair County and one in Bedford County by hunters during the 2012 season tested positive.

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