20 farms quarantined in probe for CWD
The potential impact of Pennsylvania’s first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in a captive deer continues to grow. At this issue’s deadline, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture had placed quarantines on 20 deer farms.
And, there is no indication that the impact will end with those properties.
At the initial CWD-response public meeting Oct. 17, Assistant State Veterinarian David Griswold estimated that the impact of the one CWD-infected deer could hit a hundred farms across the state because “deer farmers in Pennsylvania tend to move a lot of deer.”
Ag is continuing its “trace out” process to find all possible connections to the CWD deer, according to Samantha Krepps, spokesman for the Department of Agriculture.
According to the department, more than 1,100 farms across the state are home to more than 25,000 cervids – deer, elk and moose.
Most of the 19 farms with confirmed contact with Ronald Rutter’s 1.5-acre property at 1491 New Chester Road, New Oxford, Adams County, where the CWD-positive doe died Oct. 4, also are in the southcentral part of the state.
However, two of the new quarantine sites are nearly at the opposite end of the state: Anthony Whitetail Ranch, 830 Woodel Road, Grampian, Clearfield County, owner Matthew Anthony, and Cole Creek Whitetails, 80 Bordell Cross Road, Smethport, McKean County, owner Zachary Nelson.
In addition to the New Oxford enclosure where the first case was confirmed, which Ag now identifies as “the index farm,” the two other farms first announced as under quarantine because of contact were at 61 Pickett Road, Dover, owned by Bryan Rutters of Rut Acres, and 6464 Jacks Hollow Road, Williamsport, owned by Mike Schilling of Lost Mountain Whitetails.
At the Oct. 17 meeting, Ag revealed that there was a fourth initial site at 295 Bremer Road, Dover, also owned by Bryan Rutters of Rut Acres. Although that site was about 13 miles away, it is under the same ownership as the Pickett Road site and Ag was listing them as one farm at the Pickett Road address.
In addition to all of the above properties, the quarantine list now also includes sites at 1305 New Chester Road, New Oxford, owned by Carl Rockey; 170 Dicks Dam Road, New Oxford, owned by Troy Luckenbaugh of Harvest Acres; 8029 Molly Pitcher Highway, Shippensburg, owned by William Noll of Noll’s Whitetails; 1309 Private Oak Lane, Shippensburg, owned by Dwain Koser and Bradly Kauffman of Koser’s Whitetail Trophy II; 46 Springfield Road, Shippensburg, owned by Dwain Koser of Koser’s Trophy Whitetails, and 5032 Eichelberger Lane, Spring Grove, owned by Harry Eichelberger of Bud’s Place.
The quarantine list does not include a deer pen in Honey Grove, Perry County, where police investigated tampering with gates that reportedly allowed deer to escape Oct. 20.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mathew Meals said Ag’s procedures normally allow the owner of escaped animals five to 10 days to recapture the animals before the agency steps in to take action.
After the initial list of the 20 farms quarantined was published, the Department of Agriculture added eight more farms.
Garth Book, Book Whitetails', 240 Prospect Road, Sugarloaf, PA
John Ficks, III, Nittany Mountain Hunting Preserve, 2980 Millers Bottom Road, New Columbia, PA
John Ficks, III, Fick's Whitetails Kenneth Erway, Spring Hollow Farms Pen 1 (Whitetail Country), 5914 Route 287, Wellsboro, PA
Larry Pittenger, Thunder Valley Whitetails, 4733 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, PA
Ronald Truitt, 1135 Carriage Road, Fairmont City, PA
John McAdam, Endless Mountain Whitetails, 953 Old Bernice Road, Mildred, PA
Josh Blyler, J & L Whitetails, 7 Scenic Road, Klingerstown, PA
Denis Beachel, Power View Whitetails, 390 Fairview Road, Danville, PA