The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Outdoors

November 11, 2012

Column: Six degrees of chronic wasting

Fatal deer disease ripple effect goes beyond the treestand

(Continued)

Hunters and CWD

While there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease affects humans, though, Pennsylvania Game Commission representative Jerry Feaser urges that all hunters be cautious and make smart decisions while in the woods this fall and winter.

“If you see a deer acting strangely or that seems sick in any way, don’t kill it. Instead, report it to the game commission. If you do harvest a deer that appears sick or out of the ordinary afterwards, report it to the game commission,” he said. “The state is more than willing to issue a replacement tag if you get a deer that is unfit for human consumption.”

Feaser also suggests carrying field dressing gloves with you at all times while hunting and to make sure that any instruments are properly cleaned.

“Every year we wind up getting one or two hunters who turn in a rabid deer, there is always potential risk when hunting,” he said. “Just use common sense and exercise caution and you’ll be fine.”

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