Pennsylvania: Wild Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease


A white-tailed deer that was killed by a vehicle in Bedford County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first deer to be confirmed as infected with the fatal disease during the 2013-14 hunting season, according to the state Game Commission.

The 1 ½-year-old buck was struck on Interstate 99 in November and sent for testing as part of the state's monitoring efforts.
Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau said the deer is the first to be identified as sick since three hunters harvested infected deer during the 2012-2013 rifle season.

While York County is part of a disease management area for the sick deer, there have been no infected wild deer discovered in the county and there were no restrictions or mandates on hunters for the current season, Lau said.
The positive test in Bedford will not affect the status of hunters in York County, he said.

While CWD is fatal to members of the deer family, it is not known to be transmitted to humans.

However, hunters during last season had to take harvested deer to state monitoring stations for testing.