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A Closer Look at the PA Game Commission’s New Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan


Jul 27, 2020




Teresa Shaak



Exclusive opportunity!  Learn the latest news from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on CWD, just days after they adopt a new management plan!  The upcoming hunting season could be impacted.

Chronic wasting disease, commonly known as CWD, is an always-fatal disease impacting deer and similar species. There’s no cure for it and not even a live-animal test.  Once confined to the West, it showed up in Pennsylvania in 2012. The Game Commission has managed it ever since.  Now, that management is taking a new twist.

The Game Commission recently expanded the boundaries of its disease management areas – places with special rules meant to prohibit CWD’s spread while increasing chances of detecting it – for this fall.

And, at its July 25 meeting, the Game Commission’s board of directors is expected to adopt a new CWD response plan. Among other things, it calls for managing CWD in tiers. That could involve new rules — potentially even changed hunting seasons — in place as soon as this fall for hunters in certain parts of the state.  It also calls for increased cooperation from hunters in seeking disease.

Pennsylvania typically ranks second nationwide in terms of total number of hunters, trailing only Texas. More than 800,000 people buy licenses each year; 90 percent of them to chase whitetails. The issue of CWD is hugely important to Pennsylvania, its hunters and its wildlife moving forward.  And, it’s most likely a hot topic in your community.

This one-hour webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 2 p.m.

There is no cost for PNA and PAB members; $20 for non-members.  Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

To register, complete the form below, email the PNA Foundation, or phone (717) 703-3003. Participation instructions will be emailed one or two days before the session.


July 27
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Presenters include:

Andrea Korman, CWD Actions Coordinator, Pennsylvania Game Commission

Nick Pinizzotto, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Deer Alliance

Kip Adams, Director of Conservation, Quality Deer Management Association

Questions will be taken from them as well as Christopher Rosenberry, Chief of the Game Management Division, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and Andrew Di Salvo, Wildlife Veterinarian and Wildlife Health Division Chief, Pennsylvania Game Commission.