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Penn Meetings: CWD

Jennifer Smith

Posted on September 12 2018

As chronic wasting disease, an always fatal disease in deer and elk, continues to spread across Pennsylvania, expanding the response required of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the agency has scheduled a series of open house and presentations to explain the disease and what it means for deer and deer hunting in Pennsylvania to the public.

The programs are concentrated in the three areas of Pennsylvania, where CWD has been detected and the commission has put special rules in place.

Presentations will feature expert speakers followed by short question and answer sessions. Open houses are designed as stations to be self-navigated at your own pace with agency staff on hand to answer questions.

Events scheduled to date include:

  • Tuesday, September 18 - Open house, 6-8:30 p.m., Brookville Heritage House, Brookville.
  • Wednesday, September 19 - Open house, 6-8:30 p.m., Mahaffey Fire Hall, Mahaffey.
  • Thursday, September 20 - Presentation, 7 p.m., Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forestry Building, LaPorte.
  • Thursday, September 20 - Presentation, 6:30 p.m., Myerstown Rod and Gun Club, Myerstown.
  • Thursday, September 20 - Presentation, 5 p.m., Dickson City Borough Hall, Dickson City.
  • Friday, September 21 - Open house, 6-8:30 p.m., Marion Center Park Hall, Marion Center.
  • Saturday, September 22 - Presentation, 9 a.m., Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Brookville.
  • Wednesday, September 26 - Open house, 6-7:30 p.m., Shippensburg Fish and Game Club, Shippensburg.
  • Thursday, September 27 - Open house, 6-8:30 p.m., Brockway High School, Brockway.
  • Thursday, October 18 - Presentation, 6 p.m., site to be determined in Denver.

Additional programs could be scheduled.

CWD first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2012, when it was detected in deer at a captive facility in Adams County.

A few months later, the disease was found in free-ranging deer in Blair and Bedford counties.

It since has been detected in dozens more captive and free-ranging deer.

When CWD is detected in a new area, the commission responds by designating a Disease Management Area within which special rules apply regarding the hunting and feeding of deer.

Story re-posted from PennLive.