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Pennsylvania Declares Fourth CWD Zone

Posted by Jennifer Smith on 1st Mar 2018

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has made a decision as to where the fourth Chronic Wasting Disease Zone will be. 

The Fourth CWD zone in Pennsylvania will include Lebanon, Lancaster and Berks Counties. "Focused around a captive deer farm in West Cocalico Township in northeastern Lancaster County, Disease Management Area 4 covers 346 square miles from Lebanon at its northwestern corner to Bernville at its northeastern corner and Reading at its eastern edge to Lititz at it southwestern corner." (Pennlive)

"The creation of a DMA brings special rules for the hunting, feeding and transport of deer. Hunters within DMAs are prohibited from using urine-based deer attractants, or possessing them while afield. Deer harvested within a DMA may not be transported whole outside the DMA. Their high-risk parts - including the head and backbone - must be removed and disposed of before meat, antlers and other low-risk parts are transported from the DMA. The feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the transport of live cervids." (PennLive)

Chronic Wasting Disease was first reported in Adams County in 2002 and has since spread throughout the state. The reported zombie deer disease is now in 23 other states. 

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal deer disease of the brain that attacks the cervid family of deer and elk. There have been no reports of Chronic Wasting Disease in humans to date.

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