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Deer in winter

Pictured are white-tailed deer.

The state Department of Agriculture Monday announced that two captive deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total to 46 positive samples since the disease was discovered in the state in 2012.

The disease was confirmed in one white-tailed deer on a hunting preserve in Bedford County, and one at a Lancaster County breeding operation.

The department said both deer were born and raised on their respective premises, and these are the first CWD-positives discovered on either farm. It is also the first CWD-positive test in Lancaster County.

Both operations are now under quarantine.

“The Department of Agriculture takes the emergence and spread of CWD in whitetail deer in Pennsylvania very seriously,” state veterinarian Dr. David Wolfgang said. ”Farmers with captive deer and other CWD-susceptible species must participate in one of two programs and follow specific procedures outlined for their program. The department is committed to cooperating with deer farmers, the Game Commission, and foresters to keep deer populations in Pennsylvania healthy and at viable population levels.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for the disease for 860 breeding farms, hobby farms and hunting preserves across the state.

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