Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Game Commission To Expand Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area To Most Of Lancaster County

On October 23, the Game Commission announced it would be expanding Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area 4 to cover most of Lancaster County in 2020.
The exact adjusted boundary for DMA 4 will not be announced until next year, after the close of hunting seasons and completion of further CWD surveillance.
A captive-raised deer that recently tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease is the reason for the expansion.
Even though DMA 4 will not expand until next year, the Game Commission is asking for hunters’ help now.
Hunters who harvest deer in Lancaster County can help enhance CWD surveillance by submitting their deer heads in collection containers provided by the Game Commission. 
There are several head-collection containers within DMA 4 and the Game Commission will provide additional containers within DMA 4 soon. To find head-collection containers within any DMA, visit the Game Commission’s interactive CWD Management Areas map.
Deer heads submitted by hunters help the Game Commission determine the infection rate and spatial distribution of CWD. Hunters also benefit by knowing whether CWD is detected in the deer they harvest. 
While CWD is not known to affect people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends never consuming the meat of CWD-positive animals. 
Hunters also can help prevent the spread of CWD by limiting the movement of and properly disposing of high-risk deer parts. 
High-risk parts where CWD prions (infectious agent) concentrate include: the head (more specifically the brain, eyes, tonsils, and lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; and any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material.
Hunters are asked to properly dispose of these parts by double-bagging them and allowing a commercial trash service to take them to a lined landfill. 
CWD is a deadly brain disease that affects members of the deer family. CWD can be transmitted through direct animal-to-animal contact or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.
 CWD-infected deer can shed prions or misfolded proteins, into the environment through saliva, urine, and feces. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for CWD. 
For more information on CWD, visit the Game Commission’s Chronic Wasting Disease webpage  or call 1-833-INFOCWD.
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[Posted: October 23, 2019]

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