The ripple effects of a recent positive test for chronic wasting disease (CWD) on a free-range white-tailed deer in northern Juniata County are changing regulations in Snyder County as the Pennsylvania Game Commission seeks to slow the spread of the disease.  "A landowner in the community of Greenwood in the district of Juniata reported that a stag on his property had behaved strangely. it was lethargic and lay on its building, "said Bert Einodshofer, a spokesman for the South Central Region of the Gaming Commission. "An overseer was dispatched, the animal was euthanized and tested, and a positive finding for chronic waste was found. It was worrying because it was so far from other positive tests in the state and the deer was in clinical stage and was probably sick in the countryside for a while.
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The rehearsal is based on the spread of stags, where young deer can move up to a distance of eight kilometers in the course of their maturity, "said Einodshofer. "We use major roads and other borders to help people get a better idea of where the restrictions begin."
Under these changes, no one is allowed to feed deer within a DMA.
"I know some people like to stick out a block of salt and see how the deer are close enough to see, but that's no longer allowed in this area," he said. "The goal is to minimize the potential spread of CWD, and we do not want the deer to gather more than necessary."
For those who hunt in the DMA region, cervical deer parts associated with CWD can not be transported to non-DMA regions. These portions include the head and spine, said Einodshofer.
"In the central part of the state, there are many domestic butchers and processors who may dump leftover deer on their land, but that is not the case," he said. "We recommend doubling your head and spine twice and putting it on a landfill. Also, the use of natural Hirschurin as an attractant during hunting is prohibited in a DMA. "
Chronic garbage disease is a prion disease that affects the brain of an infected deer species, which may include elk that can cause slow degradation and eventually death. There is no cure and tests can not be performed on a living animal.
"Early onset symptoms include the loss of wild deer status. They lose their mental abilities, which is why we find that a larger number of them are hit by the roadside, "said Einodshofer. "As the disease progresses, the ears begin to hang, the deer begins to consolidate, and the body and the neurological system collapse as it grows weaker and thinner."
Einodshofer added that there is no scientific link between chronic disease wasting deer and any human contraction of the disorder, but the game commission still strongly recommends that the meat of animals that tested positive for the condition should not be too eat.
"You should take extra precautions until the animal is tested. If you hunt with others in a group, I would wait until you grind the meat and combine it with others in the group until you know that all the harvested deer are no longer chronically wasted, "said Einodshofer
The situation is for Local hunters are worrisome as they know the restrictions and weigh whether they continue to hunt deer or not, which may have something to do with CWD.
"Unfortunately, I am not sure if the Commission's plans do what they think – there is no real state public land in this region. It's mostly battered private land, "said Dale Maneval, chasing his family farm outside of Mount Pleasant Mills. "I'm not really familiar with the disease itself, but from what I've heard, there's no real way to control it."
Maneval plans to investigate the issue and observe how the Game Commission is handling the situation so far and hunting season before changing its hunting strategies.
"I'll probably hunt as I usually do, but it's likely to change what I do with the meat," he said. "If they come out and say that they do not want you to eat the flesh, then it contradicts my doctrine that you're not just killing an animal without using the flesh."
Only during the Game Commission Maneval discourages eating the meat of animals that are positive for chronic waste, and admits that he mistrusts the Agency's ability to test all harvested deer for good.
Counties – there are no tests that can handle it, "he said. "Eventually, I'll probably still eat the flesh of deer that I kill on the spot, but I'm probably going to change how I make a deer as a precaution."
Troy Bowersox hunting family land in the northern part of The county is definitely concerned about the disease that is looming in the vicinity.
"I'm definitely not looking forward to this problem occurring in our region," he said. "I need to look into it more closely, but if it's bad, I'll probably stop hunting here."