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NDA offering virtual programs on Chronic Wasting Disease

From Mirror reports

HARRISBURG — The National Deer Association, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Wildlife Futures Program, is holding a series of meetings to update and inform the public on Chronic Wasting Disease, a disease that always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects.

All meetings will be held virtually through Zoom. The first meeting will be held on May 5.

Information presented at each of the six meetings will be tailored to a different Game Commission region. The first meeting covers the Southwest Region. Each meeting can be accessed through a unique link. All meeting times are from 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

The following meetings have been scheduled and can be accessed through links at the PGC website for:

n May 5, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

n May 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

n May 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

n May 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

n May 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

n May 18, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Each meeting features presentations on CWD, followed by a question-and-answer session. Taking part in the meeting for the region where you live or hunt will ensure you’re up to date on the latest CWD-driven changes there, and will help to explain the disease and the need to manage it.

“CWD is a continually growing threat to Pennsylvania’s deer and elk populations,” Andrea Korman, Game Commission CWD biologist, said. “It’s a really important topic for Pennsylvanians to understand and there is a lot of misinformation out there. These meetings are a great way to not only learn more about the disease, but to also get your questions answered by the experts.”

CWD first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012, and nearly 700 CWD-positive deer have been documented here since. As CWD spreads to new areas, those who live and hunt there are required to follow guidelines established to slow the spread of the disease. But, at present, CWD has not been detected in all parts of Pennsylvania. CWD prevalence is highest in the area of southcentral Pennsylvania designated as Disease Management Area 2.

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