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Saturday, June 15, 2019

St. Marys Dispatched To Crash On South St. Marys Street

At 10:33 PM on Saturday, St. Marys Fire & Ambulance dispatched to 370 South St. Marys Street for a motor vehicle accident with a female injured.

Roulette Dispatched For Working Vehicle Fire

At 9:37 PM on Saturday, Roulette Fire Department has been dispatched to 1787 Rt. 6 West for a working vehicle fire with no exposures.

Robin Fink Updates Rotary On Coudersport Arboretum

Coudersport Rotary Club was pleased to host Robin Fink to speak about the Coudersport Arboretum at our June 10, 2019 meeting.

Coudersport Arboretum is a part of the Railroad Heritage Park where the Coudersport and Port Allegheny Railroad used to run. “It (the arboretum) took thousands of hours and tens of thousands of donated materials” Robin said. People come to the park for many things, she explained, - architecture, trains, the Memorial Wall, exercise, and people enjoy the serenity of the park.

“Now that the fate of the Coudersport Arboretum has been decided”, she said, “one of our goals was to make it an educational spot. Georgianna DeCarlo has invited children from the elementary school to talk about it.” During the elementary school trip, the arboretum members planned about 5-8 minutes at each stop for a tour that lasted about one-half hour. The stops included the herb garden, pollinator garden, borough building, Veteran’s Honor Wall, and the Caboose.

Donations to the Coudersport Arboretum are always appreciated and helping hand gardeners are greatly needed. Join the Arboretum Assn. on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Gunzburger Building for more information.

Thank you Robin Fink for speaking before the Coudersport Rotary Club!

Fathers' Day Breakfast Sunday at Coudersport American Legion Post


Otto Township Dispatched To ATV Rollover Crash at Majestic Trails

At 6:42 PM on Saturday, Otto Township Fire rescue & Ambulance with Medic one dispatched to Majestic Trails at the trail head to be taken to an ATV accident with injuries. 
7:20 PM--Lafayette Fire Dept. to secure landing zone at Bradford Airport for a Stat Medevac helicopter.

Local Youth Takes 4th in Country in Horsemanship Class at Oklahoma City Event


Entry Level Position Available At McKean County Domestic Relations Office

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Olean Police Hoping To Identify Tops Market Robber

City of Olean, NY Police Department
4 mins ·

Patrol officers responded to Tops located at 2401 W. State St. this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. for a report of a Robbery. A male demanded cash from the service desk employee and fled the store after being given an undetermined amount of cash. We are asking that anyone with information please call the Olean Police at 716-376-5677 or if someone recognizes the male in this photo. We understand this photo is not the best quality but it is all we have to work with at this time.

Oswayo Valley Middle/High School Recognition Program.






A.B.A.T.E. Donates $250. to Cameron County SPCA

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
The latest news from the State Capitol 

This email includes:
  • Protecting Coal Jobs in Our Community
  • Did You Know?
  • Attention Hunters!
  • Congratulations Cardinals!
  • Lowering Health Insurance Costs
  • Have You Signed Up?
  • Route 453 Road Project
 

Protecting Coal Jobs in Our Community

Click here to view video.

On Tuesday, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee unanimously passed my legislation that would allow coal refuse disposal sites to stay in business during tough times.

Right now, Pennsylvania limits the temporary cessation of operations at a disposal site to no more than one year. House Bill 1557 would bring us more in line with federal provisions and other state regulations that ensure mining operators are empowered to prevent permanent shutdowns as a result of temporary market conditions.

Pleas click on the video above to hear my testimony before the committee on House Bill 1557.
 

Did You Know?

Did you know Pennsylvania is the leading hardwood-producing state in the nation?

The biennial Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition (also known as Timber 2019) was held last week in State College, and it is an honor to have been asked to serve as grand marshal for the Log-A-Load For Kids Timber Parade.

More than 2,700 forest products' companies and more than 500,000 forest landowners call Pennsylvania home. More than 80,000 Pennsylvanians work in the forest-products industry, accounting for about one of every nine manufacturing jobs in the state, and the industry generates nearly $12 billion in annual sales and contributes about $19 billion a year to the state's economy.
 

Attention Hunters!


Hunting licenses for the 2019-20 hunting season go on sale statewide this Monday, June 17.

All license buyers will receive a complimentary copy of the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting and Trapping Digest, which is available online by clicking here.

A pocket guide for the upcoming season, including key details about general hunting regulations, hunting hours, fluorescent orange requirements, a map of the Wildlife Management Units and season dates and bag limits, is also available to be printed.

Click here to purchase your new license online (on or after June 17).
 

Congratulations Cardinals!


We’re proud of you!

Congratulations to the PIAA Single A runner-up DCC Lady Cardinals on an impressive season!

 

Lowering Health Insurance Costs


Pennsylvanians who buy their health insurance on the federal exchange could see lower prices under legislation adopted by the House this week.

House Bill 3 would establish a state-based health insurance exchange and reinsurance program, an option offered by the Trump administration and supported by the Wolf administration as a means for helping make health care more affordable for Commonwealth citizens.

The proposal is also expected to save taxpayer money, as the cost of the state running its own exchange is expected to be about half the cost of fees currently being paid to the federal government to run it for us.

The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
 

Have You Signed Up?


As of June 1, the PA Department of Revenue had received more than 432,000 applications to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

If you have yet to apply, or have questions about the program, please call my DuBois office at 814-375-4688, my St. Marys office at 814-781-6301 or my Clearfield office at 814-765-0593.

We'll be happy to help you determine your eligibility, as well as fill out the necessary paperwork to apply.
 

Route 453 Road Project


Replacement of the Route 453 bridge over Little Clearfield Creek south of Curwensville will begin this Monday, June 17.

When the bridge is closed next week, two official detours will be in place. The detour for passenger vehicles will use Zion Road, Turkey Hill Road and Little Clearfield Creek Road. The detour for commercial truck traffic will be 36 miles long and will involve Route 453, Route 729/Tyrone Pike and Route 969 Lumber City Highway.

The bridge should be open to traffic in late August, with all construction work to be finished by mid-October.

Also, the Route 255 bridge over Silver Run at the intersection with Joseph Road in St. Marys is expected to reopen to traffic by noon this Tuesday, June 18. PennDOT will then lift the official detour that’s been in place since early June.

The bridge may initially be opened under an alternating traffic pattern as the contractor performs utility relocation and restoration work. This work will require the intermittent use of flaggers in the roadway to provide traffic control.

The overall project, which is expected to be completed by mid-October, consists of replacing the reinforced concrete bridge, installing the precast box culvert, drainage improvements, guiderail installation and pavement improvements.

FAMILY FISHING TOURNAMENT IS JUNE 22 AT HILLS CREEK STATE PARK

WELLSBORO—On Saturday, June 22, between noon and 8 p.m., a Family Fishing Tournament will be at Hills Creek Lake. The lake is in Hills Creek State Park, located about seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901.

One-hour weigh-ins will be at the beach area near the shore of Hills Creek Lake from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m.

No registration is required prior to the weigh-ins.

Medallions will be presented after the 7-8 p.m. weigh-in to the winners in five categories: largest perch, largest bluegill, largest bass, largest crappie, and largest stringer of game fish by weight (one angler’s legal limit of game fish for the day).

A one-ounce bonus will be awarded for game fish that are caught and released. All fish must be caught by legal means. This is a no cull contest (no replacing a smaller fish with a heavier fish on the stringer).

In the event of a tie, the fish weighed the earliest will win.

Spectators are welcome to watch the fish being weighed for the tournament.

For more information, call the Hills Creek State Park office at 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Important Town Hall Meeting For Fire Departments & Elected Officials Wednesday In Coudersport


Roulette Ambulance to Friendly Inn

At 1:05 PM on Saturday, Roulette Ambulance was called to the Friendly Inn for a possible CVA.

RECALLS

Ruiz Foods Products Inc. Recalls Bacon Breakfast Wrap Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Ruiz Foods Products Inc., a Denison, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 246,514 pounds of frozen, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) breakfast wrap products containing bacon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically small rocks.

PA Drilling Permit Violations Issued

PA Permit Violation Issued to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-14 to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA3220(A) - PLUGGING REQUIREMENTS - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-14 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-14 to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA3220(A) - PLUGGING REQUIREMENTS - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-14 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-14 to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA3220(A) - PLUGGING REQUIREMENTS - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-14 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-14 to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA3220(A) - PLUGGING REQUIREMENTS - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-14 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-14 to Northwestern Well Svc Inc in Jenks Twp, Forest county. OGA3220(A) - PLUGGING REQUIREMENTS - Failure to plug the well upon abandoning it.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-14 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Tilden Marcellus Llc in Elk Twp, Tioga County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-13 to Tilden Marcellus Llc in Elk Twp, Tioga county. SWMA 301 - MANAGEMENT OF RESIDUAL WASTE - Person operated a residual waste processing or disposal facility without obtaining a permit for such facility from DEP. Person stored, transported, processed, or disposed of residual waste inconsistent with or unauthorized by the rules and regulations of DEP.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-13 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Tilden Marcellus Llc in Elk Twp, Tioga County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-13 to Tilden Marcellus Llc in Elk Twp, Tioga county. CSL 402(b) - POTENTIAL POLLUTION - Conducting an activity regulated by a permit issued pursuant to Section 402 of The Clean Streams Law to prevent the potential of pollution to waters of the Commonwealth without a permit or contrary to a permit issued under that authority by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-13 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling
 
PA Permit Violation Issued to Tilden Marcellus Llc in Elk Twp, Tioga County
Description: Environmental Health & Safety violation issued on 2019-06-13 to Tilden Marcellus Llc in Elk Twp, Tioga county. 78a56(a) - TEMPORARY STORAGE - Operator failed to contain regulated substances and wastes used at or generated at a well site in a tank, series of tanks or other storage structures approved by the Department.
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-13 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, violation, drilling

PA Gas Drilling Permits Issued

PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Sergeant Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-06-10 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site ELK FOREST WT 2726 299HU 52796 in Sergeant Twp township, McKean county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-10 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
 
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Sergeant Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-06-10 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site ELK FOREST WT 2726 345HU 53104 in Sergeant Twp township, McKean county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-10 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
 
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Sergeant Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-06-10 00:00:00 to SENECA RESOURCES CO LLC for site ELK FOREST WT 2726 300HU 52797 in Sergeant Twp township, McKean county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-10 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas
 
PA Gas Drilling Permit Issued in Hickory Twp Township
Description: Gas permit issued on 2019-06-10 00:00:00 to NUCOMER ENERGY LLC for site DR02 WT5201 CP 3H in Hickory Twp township, Forest county
Incident Date/Time: 2019-06-10 00:00:00
Tags: PADEP, frack, permit, drilling, Gas

Coudersport Dispatched For Pole Fire at Coneville

At 12:19 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire Department has been dispatched to Rt. 44 & 244 for a pole fire near the PennDOT shed.

Andover Dispatched For Rollover ATV Crash At Tall Pines

At 11:50 AM on Saturday, Andover Fire & Ambulance have been dispatched to Tall Pines for an ATV rollover accident. A female has been injured. Equipment is staging at the communication tower on Pingerie Hill.

Olean Police Searching For Robbery Suspect

Olean Police with assistance of other police agencies are searching for a black male who reportedly robbed Top's Market this morning according to social media posts and scanner traffic.

Highland, Ridgway Dispatched For ATV Accident On Timberline Trail

At 10:18 AM on Saturday, Highland Fire Dept. & Ridgway Ambulance have been dispatched to the Timberline Trail for a land rescue for 2 injured males in an ATV accident. Report a 38 year old and a 40 year old male were in an ATV that hit a tree on the trail. Stat helicopter on standby if needed.

Blossburg Police Report For Thursday

Blossburg Borough Police Dept
8 hrs ·

At Blossburg PD, we want to keep our residents informed as much as possible. To do so, we will randomly post a statistical blotter on events from a particular day. The following occurred on Thursday, June 13th:

5 incidents
- Harassment/Stalking - Suspect arrested on outstanding warrant; charges filed
- 911 hang up
- Theft report
- Animal Complaint
- Vehicle Crash - Suspect Fled; probation violation and charges filed


8 Traffic Stops
- 4 Citations issued
- 4 Written Warnings issued
- 1 Verbal Warning issued
Offenses included 3 suspended/unlicensed drivers, 2 inspection violations, and 4 vehicle equipment violations.

Suspects/Defendants from:
Blossburg area - 1
Tioga County - 4
Out of County - 5

Man With Knife Reported To Have Threatened Minor Children In Ulysses Borough Friday

Sweden Township Police Department
2 hrs ·

Yesterday ( June 14th) at approx 3:30 pm dispatched to the area of Water and Church St - Ulysses Boro for a man with a knife, that was in the back yard of a residence near three minor children playing.

Once they noticed him and screamed, he stated he'd be back for them and fled the area. They all immediately ran inside the residence and reported the man's actions.

Along with members of the PA State Police and others the area was checked thoroughly by patrols, ATV's, and foot patrols thought the fields/woods and streets with negative results.

The description given of this man was 30-40 years of age, black Tank top long messy hair and darker jeans/pants and a knife approx. 8-10' long.

If anyone has more information please contact us or 911.

Thank you to all of those that assisted yesterday and or provided ATV's or side by sides.

Chicken BBQ Today At Roulette Fire Hall; CHICKEN IS READY NOW


Shinglehouse Ambulance to Oswayo Apartments

At 9:32 AM on Saturday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched to Oswayo Apartments for an unknown medical.

Coudersport Area School District Seeking Coaches for 2019-2020 School Year


Clarion University First Step Seminars

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: This monthly seminar provides an overview on the steps to start a business along with an in-depth look at a business plan.  Topics include business registrations, licenses, business structures, taxation, research tools and what to expect in financing your business.  See below for dates, times and locations.  


The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Clarion: 07/13/2019

Location: Clarion University SBDC
330 North Point Drive
Clarion, PA 16214
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

The First Step: How to Start and Finance Your Business: Smethport: 07/12/2019

Location: McKean County Housing Authority
415 W Main Street
Smethport PA 16749
Class Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Presented By: Clarion University SBDC Consultant
Cost: $20.00 (Pay at the door)

Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy is now offering a full line of Professional CBD Products at all 5 of our locations

Great Selection of Pre-Owned Vehicles on Display at Bokman of Wellsville

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Schott Associates Eye Care Seeking Full Time Associate In Coudersport Office

Friday, June 14, 2019

Shinglehouse Ambulance To Honeoye Road

At 10:43 PM on Friday, Shinglehouse Ambulance has been dispatched t Honeoye Road for a medical emergency.

Derrick Road/East Main Street Crash on Wednesday

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department
16 mins ·

On Wednesday at 1842hrs DCVFD responded to the Derrick Road/East Main Street intersection for a 2 car mva. Mckean County DES advised possibly no injuries. Engine 113 responded at 1844hrs and arrived on scene to find 2 vehicles alongside the road, one with front end damage and the other with driver’s side damage. Chief 1120 (Kelley) established command, personnel evaluated 3 patients( all refused treatment), cleaned up debris from vehicles as well as provided traffic control. DCVFD was assisted on scene by City of Bradford EMS, FTPD and Rain or Shine Towing. A total of 10 personnel responded while others stayed back to run weekly bingo. Units were back in quarters at 1930 hours.

Elkland Search & Rescue Dispatched For Search In Clearfield County

At 9:41 PM on Friday, Elkland Search & Rescue has been dispatched to 2782 Billotte Road in Clearfield County near Tall Pines Camp to assist with a search.
10:14 PM--Elkland cancelled.

Otto, Eldred Dispatched To ATV Crash

At 7:28 PM on Friday, Eldred Township QRS, Otto EMS with Medic one dispatched to Majestic Trails campground for a 41 year old female injured in a rollover ATV accident.

2 Vehicle Crash With Rollover, Wires Down & Barn Struck On Charleston Road

FIRST News Now
2 hrs ·

2-VEHICLE ACCIDENT INVOLVING ROLLOVER
FNN Article © Friday, June 14, 2019. Video provided by Lonny Frost © 2019.

WELLSBORO, PA - A two-vehicle accident was reported around 8:40AM on Friday morning, June 14, 2019, in Charleston Township at the intersection of Catlin Hollow Road and Charleston Road.

A white SUV type vehicle hit at least one utility pole sheering it off and then smashing into a large corner section of a barn. Power and cable lines were brought down in the accident.

The second vehicle looked like a white van which may have also struck an utility, as a utility pole was heavily damaged and leaning over at the Catlin Hollow Road intersection. Crews stabilized that pole as other crew members worked to remove the vehicle that had rolled over into a ditch and came to rest on its side.

Due to the damage to two utility poles, lines laid across the roadway and the Charleston Road was closed just past the Dartt Settlement Road. The Catlin Hollow Road had to also be closed down. Traffic was rerouted using the Dartt Settlement Road.

Fire personnel on scene confirmed that the roadway was blocked by down lines as of 8:47AM.

Three Pennsylvania State Trooper Units were on scene, as was, Wellsboro Electric and Blue Ridge. Frontier was said to have also been dispatched to the scene.

State police told FNN that the individual in the white SUV type vehicle that hit the barn was transported to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital for treatment of what was believed to be minor injuries. As for the other driver, that individual was not injured.

It is unknown how long crews worked at getting a new pole put in the the lines hung back up on them.

Community Invited To "The Misfits" Bluegrass Experience Saturday at God's Country Ministries in Coudersport


CWD Spreading in Pennsylvania Deer Herd

Since last year, 123 additional free-ranging deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania, and Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded again as a result of new cases.

With CWD testing from the 2018 deer seasons now completed, there now have been a total of 250 known CWD cases in free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania since 2012.

New CWD cases were detected in the following counties: Bedford (65), Blair (10), Cambria (2), Franklin (3), Fulton (33), Huntingdon (4), Jefferson (1), Juniata (1), Perry (1), and Somerset (3).

The Game Commission tested 9,631 free-ranging deer and 122 elk for CWD taken in the 2018 seasons. To date, no free-ranging elk have tested positive for CWD. A total of 6,525 deer tested came from existing Disease Management Areas (DMAs), with the remaining 3,106 deer tested from other areas in the state. The number of free-ranging deer tested increased significantly, compared to the 7,910 deer tested in 2017.

Expanded DMAs

Due to the detection of CWD, in both captive and free-ranging deer, DMAs 2 and 3 have been expanded, while no changes will be made to DMA 4.

For the most up-to-date maps and descriptions of DMA boundaries, please go to www.pgc.pa.gov. While the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest once again will be provided free-of-charge to license buyers, in part to increase awareness of CWD and CWD management, updated DMA information could not be included because it wasn’t available by the print deadline.

DMA 2 now covers more than 6,715 square miles, an expansion of 2,101 square miles since last year. DMA 2 now includes all or parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. This expansion largely is due to the discovery of two new CWD cases in Juniata and Perry counties. Each of these cases is 20 miles or more away from the nearest previously documented case. Both of these deer were adults and one was displaying clinical symptoms of CWD at the time of death, which suggests CWD is established in the area and other deer in the area might already be infected.

CWD-infected deer, on average, do not display clinical symptoms of disease for 18 to 24 months.

DMA 3 has expanded by 203 square miles and now covers more than 1,119 square miles, due to the discovery of CWD in a captive deer facility in Clearfield County. The captive facility will remain under quarantine for five years from the date the positive test was confirmed. DMA 3 now includes all or parts of Armstrong, Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Indiana counties.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in February announced that a buck tested positive for CWD on a hunting preserve near Curwensville. Shortly after, the Game Commission warned the public that this positive would push the DMA into the elk range. However, after careful consideration, the Game Commission has opted to keep DMA 3 south of Interstate 80 and out of the elk range.

Game Commission CWD Coordinator Jared Oyster explained the justification behind this decision.

“Our first thought was to extend the DMA boundary into the elk range,” Oyster said. “However, after looking into the issue further, we decided it was best to keep the DMA boundary at I-80.

“If we would have extended the boundary into the elk range, it would have created several difficulties and risks, including the fact that elk hunters would not legally be able to transport their carcass to the mandatory check station, located in Benezette. Deer hunters within the DMA also would have been able to legally transport high-risk parts into a portion of the elk range, increasing the chance of CWD being introduced to that area. And, there were very few meat processors and taxidermists in that area to help. All of that said, we have plans to increase surveillance and collect additional CWD samples in the portion of the DMA bordering the elk range, so if it is present we can detect it as soon as possible,” Oyster said.

DMA 4 was established in February 2018 due to the discovery of CWD in a captive deer facility in Lancaster County. To date, no free-ranging deer have tested positive for CWD in DMA 4. DMA 4 covers 364 square miles and includes parts of Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

Hunters are prohibited from exporting high-risk parts from DMAs. High-risk parts include: the head (more specifically the brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.

DMAP within DMAs

The Game Commission will continue to offer Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) opportunities within portions of DMAs. DMAP units are established in areas where increased surveillance is needed to determine the prevalence and spatial distribution of CWD. Hunters can purchase up to two DMAP permits for each DMAP unit. Each permit allows for the harvest of one antlerless deer, and permits can be used during any open deer season—including the antlered-only firearms deer season. DMAP permits cost $10.90 each.

DMAP permits for the same 10 DMAP units set up within DMAs 2 and 3 in 2018 will be available for purchase when licenses go on sale on Monday, June 17. However, due to the discovery of new positives, 10 new DMAP units will be created for the 2019-20 deer hunting seasons. Permits for these DMAP units will be available in the coming weeks.

Six DMAP units will be added to DMA 2, for a total of 15 DMAP units within the DMA. One DMAP unit will be added in DMA 3, around the captive deer facility that tested positive in February, for a total of 4 DMAP units. Hunters with DMAP permits for DMA 4 can use them anywhere within the DMA.

DMAP permits can be used only within the DMAP unit for which they are issued. Because DMAP units within DMAs might encompass a mix of private and public land, hunters with DMAP permits, as always, should know where they’re hunting and that they have permission to hunt there. Hunters are encouraged to submit deer heads for CWD testing. Samples submitted by hunters help the Game Commission understand the prevalence and distribution of the disease in the local area.

CWD

CWD first was identified in Colorado in 1967. CWD since has been detected in 26 states and three Canadian provinces. CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects members of the cervid family including deer, elk and moose.

Misfolded proteins called prions are believed to be the culprit of CWD. Prions are shed through saliva, urine and feces of infected animals.

On average, infected individuals don’t display symptoms for 18 to 24 months. Symptoms include lowered head and ears, weight loss, excessive drooling, rough-hair coat, uncoordinated movements, and, ultimately, death. Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment for CWD.

To date, CWD has not been found to infect humans. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people avoid eating meat from CWD-infected animals.

More information on CWD can be found at www.pa.pgc.gov.

CLEARED: Route 417 is now open

CLEARED: Route 417 is now open EB/WB from N 19th Street to N 21st Street, Town of Olean, Cattaraugus Co.


Entry Level Position Available At McKean County Domestic Relations Office