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Thursday, July 27, 2017


Deer had ear tags, are likely captive-herd escapees.

File photo

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced two free-ranging deer were euthanized on the evening of July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County. The deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area.

Both deer had identification tags in their ears, indicating they were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the Commonwealth.

The Commission has launched an investigation and will work with the state Department of Agriculture to determine ownership of these deer and to ascertain whether they escaped a facility or were intentionally released into the wild.

“The deer are currently being examined by the Commission’s wildlife veterinarian, who will conduct an initial test to determine whether either deer was infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD),” said Wayne Laroche, the Commission’s Special Assistant for CWD Response.

The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild raises significant concerns as the Commission attempts to combat the expansion of CWD.

“This is disturbing news following the discovery a CWD-positive wild deer earlier this month in DMA 3,” Laroche said. “With the Department of Agriculture’s assistance, we will do all in our power to sort out what happened quickly and take appropriate action.”

If you have seen these deer in recent days, or know from where they might have originated, please contact the Game Commission’s Northcentral Office at 570-398-4744, or 570-398-4745.


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't think someone intentionally releasing deer for any reason would leave the tags, but then again.......

Anonymous said...

i don't understand why they killed them??

Anonymous said...

That's right. Shoot,kill,THEN ask questions. I do not support the game commission anymore. Haven't for 5 years. I feel alot better about myself. F Them

Anonymous said...

Re: 7:51PM & 8:39PM

The only way to diagnose CWD is by examining the dead deer's brain.

Anonymous said...

They killed them because of the risk of cwd.

Anonymous said...

They killed them because nearly all outbreaks of CWD have started on deer farms. I agree with this and think they should go further. Kill ALL farm deer and close the farms. They only exist to lighten the wallets of city slickers who are willing to slaughter a tame deer to hang on the wall. It has nothing to do with hunting. But my license fees go towards expensive CWD containment after the deer farm profiteers cause an outbreak. That's crap.

Mr. Front Porch said...

I also agree.....good job Game Commission. Hopefully you can track the deer to the owners. Good Job!

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile people are freaking about some fish being killed!

Anonymous said...

I agree all deer and elk farms should be closed and any farms in business prior to CWD outbreak should be responsible for any cost incurred to combat and eradicate the disease.

Anonymous said...

A deer farm in Ulysses Has this, they got a deer from down state that had it..