Pennsylvania Game Commission

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The two deer with ear tags that were euthanized July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County, tested negative for chronic wasting disease, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues to determine whether the deer escaped from a captive facility or were intentionally released.

CWD is always-fatal to deer and elk. Where CWD exists in Pennsylvania, measures are taken to reduce its potential spread.

The two ear-tagged deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Elk Management Area.

The ear tags raise concerns that the deer were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the commonwealth.

The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild always raises concerns due to the potential for CWD spreading to wild deer in a new area.

Anyone with information about where these deer might have originated is asked to call the commission’s Northcentral Office at 570-398-4744 or 570-398-4745.

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CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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