Outdoors notebook: Third deer disease area established in Jefferson County

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Another Disease Management Area has been set up in Pennsylvania to contain chronic wasting disease.

In April, the state Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of CWD in one animal at a commercial deer farm in Jefferson County. The department reported that the facility and another associated with the infected deer had been placed under quarantine.

In accordance with existing CWD protocols, the state Game Commission recently established its third Disease Management Area. Located in Jefferson County, the zone is between I-80, Route 36, Route 219 and Route 322.

CWD has not been detected among wild deer near DMA 3 or anywhere in Jefferson County. The state's CWD response plan requires the Game Commission to monitor the area and slow the disease's spread where it is found to exist in the wild.

Within the DMA, the use or field possession of any urine-based deer attractant is banned, and feeding deer is prohibited. Hunters may not remove some deer parts including the head (brain, tonsils, eyes and lymph nodes), spinal cord and backbone.

Deer or deer parts collected from vehicle collisions may not be moved outside the DMA. Processed meat can be removed from the zone, but not the backbone, and finished taxidermy mounts can be removed from the DMA with some restrictions.

Recent promotions

The state Game Commission recently filled the following positions in its Southwest Region office: Jack Lucas, originally from Plum, land management supervisor; and Patrick Snickles of Warren, Pa., wildlife education supervisor.

Fishing lines

Those funny looking tubes at North Park aren't bird houses. Volunteers from the Friends of North Park group installed 17 monofilament fishing line receptacles near North Park Lake and Marshall Lake.

In the spring, group members partnered with L.L. Bean to clean up 1.2 miles of fishing line litter left behind by anglers. When enough line is collected it will be sent to the Berkley company and recycled into fish habitats.

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