Outdoors Notebook: New management area established to contain chronic wasting disease

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Nearly 600 square miles of Adams and York counties were designated a disease management area last week following Pennsylvania's first confirmation of chronic wasting disease in a captive-born penned deer in Adams County.

The DMA, issued by executive order by Game Commission director Carl Roe, places special restrictions on the sport harvesting of wild deer within that area and is part of a response plan initiated by a task force of state and federal agencies and Penn State University.

"This executive order will enable the Game Commission and task force members to monitor the state's wild deer population in the area surrounding where the CWD-infected farmed deer was found," Roe said in a written statement. "We are relying on hunters and others concerned about wildlife to work with us as we strive to manage this disease."

Within the DMA, hunters:

• May not move high-risk parts of deer outside the designated area.

• Must take harvested deer to a mandatory check station for CWD testing.

• May not use or possess cervid urine-based attractants.

In addition, the DMA bans the feeding and rescue of wild deer. Confined deer are regulated by the state Department of Agriculture. Find details at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

Busted

Several fishermen from Carlisle had a memorable day of steelhead fishing Tuesday, catching 16 fish with spinning gear near the Route 5 bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek. Most memorable, however, was their prosecution by the state Fish and Boat Commission for illegally keeping all of the fish.

Waterways Conservation Officers Brook Tolbert and James Smolko were driving on Route 5 when they passed the fish displayed in plain sight along the road. Two of the three anglers were charged with violations of possession limits and fined, and PFBC confiscated 95 pounds of fish, including three brown trout -- one weighing 11 pounds.

In related news, an Erie County angler posted an ad on Craigslist offering to sell 40-50 pounds of sport-caught yellow perch. The ad drew a big response -- Fish and Boat personnel showed up with a search warrant, confiscated the fish and prosecuted the "successful" angler.

Steelhead expo

George Daniel, a two-time U.S. national fly fishing champion, and April Vokey of The Outdoor Channel's "Buccaneers & Bones" show, will host seminars at the Great Lakes Steelhead Expo, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Rainbow Gardens, Waldameer Park and Water World, Erie. Admission: $15, free for kids 15 and younger with a guardian. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Steelhead Association. 814-382-3399.

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