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Harrisburg, Pa. – Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a contagious, always-fatal disease that infects deer and elk in Pennsylvania, first found in the state in wild and captive deer in 2012. While there is no evidence that CWD is transmissible to humans, it has been diagnosed in white-tailed deer, mule deer, black-tailed deer, as well as elk, red deer, moose, and reindeer.

Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) is hosting an educational program by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6-8 p.m., at the Little Sportsman Shop, located at 1153 Susquehanna Trail in Northumberland. 

“This infection is swiftly spreading across the United States among deer, elk and moose,” said Culver. “As deer are very popular to hunt and consume in Pennsylvania, we need to take steps to address this issue and protect our natural wildlife.”

The presentation will be given by Northumberland/Montour Game Warden Jared Turner and Game Commission CWD Communications Specialist Courtney Colley. 

Information will include:

  • the status of CWD in Pennsylvania 

  • how it affects deer 

  • factors that influence its transmission

  • the Game Commission’s preliminary CWD Management Plan 

The event will include a question-and-answer session.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers thorough information about the CWD issue in the Commonwealth on their website.

Those who wish to attend the presentation are asked to RSVP by calling Culver’s office at (570) 286-5885 as there is limited seating available.