As deer hunters take to the Pennsylvania wilderness for the two-week-long rifle season, state officials are gearing up to sample deer harvested in parts of York and Adams counties for chronic wasting disease.
A 600-square-mile Disease Management Area was set up in parts of both counties after two deer at an Adams County farm tested positive for CWD. One of the deer was once at a Dover Township deer farm.
The monitoring boundary bisects York County, with most areas north of Routes 116, 30, and 462 included. Deer killed in areas south of the boundary don't have to be checked.
"We will be attempting to collect 3,000 samples from hunter-killed deer throughout the state," said Carl Roe, executive director of the state Game Commission.
In addition to hunter-killed deer within the management area, road-killed deer and deer culled from the Gettysburg National Battlefield will be tested, Roe said.
Hunters who harvest a deer within the area are required to bring harvest to a mandatory check station for samples to be collected for testing.
A state-run check station will be set up at the commission's maintenance building on State Game Land 249 at 1070 Lake Meade Road in Adams County.
Checking stations: Seven deer processors that will participate as direct cooperators for the Game Commission are:
---Stevens Butcher Shop, 112 Center Mills Rd., Aspers, 677-8219;
---Dwight Nell Custom Butchering, 130 Beaver Creek Road, East Berlin, 259-9445;
---Butcher Block Meats, 3055 Biglerville Road, Biglerville, 579-8763;
---Gary's Meat Locker, 236 Poplar St., Hanover, 633-6773;
---Wantz Brothers, 6346 Wantz Lane, York, 252-2011;
---Weaver's Butcher Shop, 1402 Centennial Road, New Oxford, 624-2879;
---Rick Messinger, 8184 Orchard Road, Thomasville, 225-9603.
The seven taxidermists that will participate as direct cooperators for the Game Commission are:
---High Expectations Taxidermy, 135 Cedar Hill Drive, Dover, 503-2600;
---Outback Imagery Taxidermy, 7503 Carlisle Pike, York Springs, 528-4802;
---Leakway Taxidermy, 855 Pleasant Grove Road, York Haven, 266-9410;
---Prowell's Taxidermy, 1305 Sheepbridge Road, York, 266-2180;
---Tall Tail Taxidermy, 800 Old Hanover Road, Spring Grove, 855-3909;
---Hickory Taxidermy, 196 Hickory Road, Littlestown, 359-5656;
---Becker's Taxidermy, 315 Hollywood Ave., New Oxford, 624-4675.
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