PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION
BUREAU OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
ANNUAL PROJECT REPORT
PROJECT CODE NO.: 05400
TITLE: Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance
PROJECT JOB NO.: 40001
TITLE: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance in Hunter-killed Deer and Elk
PERIOD COVERED: 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005
COOPERATING AGENCIES: Bureau of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Land Management, Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) Region Offices, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Pennsylvania State University Animal Diagnostics Lab (ADL), U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center (NBC)
WORK LOCATION(S): Statewide
PREPARED BY: Jeannine Tardiff
DATE: 29 June 2005
Abstract: During the 2004-2005 deer and elk hunting seasons, 32 elk and 3,629 deer samples were tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD was not detected in any sample. In addition to hunter-killed deer and elk, 4 elk and 33 deer were tested for CWD through targeted surveillance. To date, results for 3 elk and 28 deer have been reported. All results were negative for CWD. At this time, CWD has not been detected in Pennsylvania. Due to the serious threat posed by CWD to Pennsylvania's deer and elk populations, continued surveillance of hunter-killed deer is recommended.
1. To monitor for the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in free-ranging deer and elk.
2. To train and test personnel and infrastructure for collecting carcasses, extracting sample tissues, and testing samples.
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