Sen. Corman, Game Commission to Host Seminar on Chronic Wasting Disease in PA Deer Population

WINGATE – Senator Jake Corman (R-34), in partnership with the PA Game Commission, will hold a seminar on the effects of chronic wasting disease (CWD) on the state’s deer population.

The seminar will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the Bald Eagle Area High School Auditorium, located at 751 South Eagle Valley Road, Wingate, PA.

Corman said CWD has been detected in three locations in Pennsylvania, including among free range deer in neighboring Blair and Bedford counties.

CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death.

“Many concerns have been raised about this disease, including how it could impact deer populations, how it is spread and whether it will have a long-term impact on our deer herd,” Corman said.  “This seminar will help provide answers to those questions and make area residents more aware of the disease.”

He said representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be on hand to talk about CWD, including how it is spread, where it has been found, and what is being done to manage it, and answer questions from those attending.

For more information on the seminar, contact Senator Corman’s office at 814-355-0477.

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov