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Pennsylvania elk test negative for CWD, other diseases

From the Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Samples taken from the 41 hunter-killed elk during the state's 2010 hunting season have tested negative for chronic wasting disease and tuberculosis, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Game Commission wildlife veterinarian.

Cottrell noted that sample collection was facilitated by cooperation between elk hunters and taxidermists. He said the Game Commission is awaiting the results of CWD testing for hunter-killed deer samples collected during the 2010 rifle deer season.

CWD tests on the elk samples were conducted by the New Bolton Center, the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary diagnostics laboratory.  Under a contract with Penn State University, the elk samples also were tested for brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis and found to be free from these diseases.  New Bolton Center also is conducting the CWD tests on the deer samples.  Results are expected later this spring.

To learn more about CWD, visit the agency's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us) and click on the "Wildlife" in menu bar in the banner, then choose "Wildlife Diseases" and click on "Chronic Wasting Disease."

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