Deer killed after escape from Adams County farm where CWD found

| Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, 6:50 a.m.

HARRISBURG — A deer that escaped from a Pennsylvania farm where two others were diagnosed with a deadly neurological disease has been killed.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the escaped deer was killed Monday, the first day of deer season.

The doe had escaped from an Adams County deer farm where the first confirmed Pennsylvania cases of chronic wasting disease were discovered. The neurological infection can't be transmitted to humans but is deadly to elk, moose and deer.

Game commission Executive Director Carl Roe says he didn't know if the deer had been taken by a recreational hunter or a professional sharpshooter among those looking for it. The deer will undergo testing that will take about a week.

No deer in the wild population have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

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