CWD

Stop baiting deer on southeast’s Red tag farms – it could spread CWD

Last April when the Pennsylvania Game Commission board approved the use of baiting (on a limited basis) on Red Tag farms in several southeastern counties during deer season, I didn't like it. Hunting deer over bait isn't ethical, in my opinion, but ethics aside it's a dangerous proposition. We all know that feeding deer congregates them. Baiting is essentially feeding,…

Really, it’s amazing CWD hasn’t been discovered here

I could sense the despair in Dr. Walt Cottrell's voice. As the wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Cottrell has seen virtually every malady that can strike any species in the state. He's seen it all… almost. The Game Commission has launched a media campaign, if you will, to raise awareness of the risk of chronic wasting disease and…

CWD in PA: a question of when, not if

A prediction made by two Pennsylvania Game Commission officials recently is extremely alarming. One official – PGC wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell – said in a story that appeared in Pennsylvania Outdoors News that it's probable that chronic wasting disease is either already in the state or it's only a matter of time before it arrives. Cottrell's remark was made…