Pa. game officials create 2nd diseased-deer zone

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has established a second zone where hunters must abide by stricter rules to prevent the spread of a fatal deer disease.

The state’s second Disease Management Area includes about 900 square miles in parts of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties in west-central Pennsylvania, where three hunter-killed deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Another 600-square-mile zone was established in October in Adams and York counties after the first confirmed case of the disease.

Hunters are prohibited from moving certain deer parts, using certain attractants, and must bring their deer to a mandatory check station when hunting in either area. Deer feeding also is banned.

Among other things, hunters can’t move the head, spinal cord and backbone of deer killed in those areas.

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