Chronic Wasting Disease is starting to affect deer closer to our area. A wildlife officer shot a deer in Bell Township, Clearfield County, on June 7 after it showed signs of being sick.
It tested positive for CWD, which is a neurological disease that can spread quickly to the deer and elk populations. There are no signs that Chronic Wasting Disease could spread to humans, but it is always fatal for deer and elk.
There’s no vaccine for CWD, and the best solution that we have currently is to remove any infected deer or elk from the population to keep the disease from spreading. The Game Commission is hoping to gather more data so they can track where the disease has already spread so they can prevent it from affecting more animals