PLEASANT GAP – Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will hold a seminar on the effects of chronic wasting disease (CWD) on the state’s deer population.
The seminar will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI), 540 N. Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap.
“CWD has been found in both captive and free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania, including very close to home. It is raising major concerns with hunters, sportsmen’s groups, outdoor enthusiasts, farmers and landowners,” Corman said.
“This seminar will help provide answers to questions about CWD, provide information for hunters who harvest a deer in those areas and make area residents more aware of the disease as well as what the Game Commission is planning to combat it.”
Local counties in the CWD Disease Management Area includes Huntingdon, Mifflin and Juniata counties. The Game Commission has additional information and an interactive map available on its Web site.
CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. It causes a characteristic spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals resulting in emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death.
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and Penn State University will be on hand to talk about CWD, including how it is spread, where it has been found and what is being done to manage it, and answer questions from those attending.
For more information on the seminar, contact Corman’s office at 814-355-0477.