Deer hunting season starts across Pennsylvania



An estimated 750,000 hunters headed into the woods and fields for today's start of deer season in Pennsylvania.

The two-week firearm deer season got underway at dawn.

Many school districts are closed this morning to allow students to take part in the hunt.

Some central Pennsylvania hunters under extra restrictions because of a deadly disease found in captive deer earlier this year.

Hunters who take deer in a 600-square-mile area covering parts of York and Adams counties must have them tested for chronic wasting disease. The neurological infection can't be transmitted to humans but is deadly to elk, moose and deer.

Two deer on Adams County farms died of the disease earlier this year, making them the first cases reported in the state. No infections have been reported in the wild population in Pennsylvania, but the disease has been found in wild deer in Maryland and West Virginia.

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First Published November 26, 2012 12:15 PM


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