A second deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease in Adams County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed Wednesday.

The white-tailed buck at a deer farm at 1491 New Chester Road in New Oxford is the second deer at the farm to test positive, a news release said.

Other deer at the farm did not test positive for the disease.

The first infected deer at the farm was reported in October. That deer had once lived at the former Rutt Acre Whitetails farm on Pickett Road in Washington Township, York County.

The Department of Agriculture quarantined 27 farms in 16 counties that were associated with the positive samples, and deer cannot be moved on or off those properties, the release said.

A disease management area (DMA) surrounding the Adams County farm was created by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and hunters are not allowed to move high risk deer parts, such as parts of the head and spinal column, out of the area.

Anyone who harvests a deer within the DMA during rifle season from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8 will be required to take the deer to a check station so samples can be collected for testing.

Deer killed outside of the DMA are not required to be tested.

All cooperating deer processors in the DMA boundaries will be designated as check stations and the Game Commission will collect samples from deer at those processors.


Hunters who process their own deer can visit the Game Commission check station at the agency's maintenance building on state game land, 1070 Lake Meade Road in East Berlin. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during rifle season and will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 2.

State officials will be available to answer questions at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the York County Fairgrounds Horticultural Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave.

- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com