Public meeting set on deer disease

As deer season approaches, state Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clearfield, whose district includes part of Cambria County, will co-host a public meeting with Pennsylvania Game Commission officials on Thursday in an effort to answer the public’s questions about chronic wasting disease.

Sankey and fellow state Reps. Matt Gabler, R-Clearfield, and Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, will co-host the session from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Building on the Penn State DuBois campus.

Gabler said in a news release that representatives from the game commission have scheduled a series of meetings in parts of the state where chronic wasting disease has been detected in an effort to get the latest information into the public’s hands.

Sankey said there appears to have been some recent progress in stopping the deer disease.

 Disease Management Area One in the southern part of the state is being eliminated due to a lack of positive chronic wasting disease tests in the past five years, he said. Game commission officials will discuss how that was possible and explain similar steps that can be taken here, in Disease Management Area Two.

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