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

PLEASANT GAP – Senate Majority Leader 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 Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI), 540 N. Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap.

        “CWD has been found in both captive and free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania, including very close to home. It is raising major concerns with hunters, sportsmen’s groups, outdoor enthusiasts, farmers, and landowners,” Senator Corman said. “This seminar will help provide answers to questions about CWD, provide information for hunters who harvest a deer in those areas and make area residents more aware of the disease as well as what the Game Commission is planning to combat it.”

Local counties in the CWD Disease Management Area includes Huntingdon, Mifflin and Juniata counties. The Game Commission has additional information and an interactive map available on its website.

        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.

        Representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Penn State University 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