A doe known as "Pink 23" that escaped from a quarantined Adams County deer farm was shot by a hunter Monday and will be tested for chronic wasting disease, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

The deer, who got its name from it's pink numbered farm tag, was shot and killed on a farm in the 1300 block of New Chester Road near New Oxford, according to a news release.

The doe escaped as officials removed the herd from a nearby farm for testing in October.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was found in two deer on the farm. It has been traced back to a Washington Township farm, where an infected deer once lived.

Both farms have been quarantined since October when the first case of the disease was discovered in Pennsylvania.

No deer in the wild have tested positive for CWD, state officials have said.

"The department has been working to prevent further spread of the disease," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "The capture and testing of this escaped deer will allow the department to close this chapter of the investigation."

What it is: CWD attacks the brains of infected antlered animals such as deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal.

There is no evidence that humans or livestock can get the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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However, state officials are sampling for the disease in deer that will be harvested in a 600-square-mile Disease Management Area in parts of York and Adams counties. Hunters are asked to take their deer to check stations to have samples taken to see if they are carrying the disease.

All processors and taxidermists within that area serve as check stations.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.