Wow, that could get scary. Pennsylvania has a long standing elk herd, and it would be pretty tough on them if these captive ones get out there and inter-mix with the wild population. Hopefully they can track these ones down before they get that chance. If not, at least they can hope that any of the ones that come in contact with them are not infected with CWD, and then they will just add to the overall population of elk in that state.
Not sure what it would gdo for West Virginia, but we'll have to see. While it does not specifically say that this herd had tested positive or not for CWD, and it's only a couple of animals, you can't be too safe.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...