Friday, September 7, 2018

Chronic Wasting Disease Program

On Saturday, September 22nd, the Bureau of Forestry and the Woodland Owners of the Clarion-Allegheny Valley are hosting an educational program on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  All the details are provided below.

It will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, exit 81 of Interstate 80, near Hazen, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  There is no charge to attend.  They do ask that you register so they get a head count.  They have plenty of room so plan to bring anyone interested.  The speakers are the top experts in the state (see below), and will have the most current information available. 

The situation is changing rapidly, and unfortunately there is little doubt that CWD is coming to YOUR local deer herd.  It has the potential to dramatically change our view of deer, and the way we hunt.  It can impact many, whether you love to watch deer, eat them, or hate them for destroying your landscaping.  No one will be exempt from the impact that deer may be carrying this weird disease that is caused by a non-living molecule bent the wrong way, which replicates itself, and for which there is no cure.

Please pass the information on to anyone who may be interested.  Please post it on your Facebook and any other social media you use.  Thank you for helping spread the word, it is greatly appreciated!

The DCNR Bureau of Forestry and

The Woodland Owners of Clarion-Allegheny Valley Present:

Chronic Wasting Disease

Its Here. What Does It Mean For You?

·       Experts will bring the most up to date information.

·       How fast will it spread, can it be slowed down or stopped?

·       How will it affect our cherished deer herd?

·       How will it affect our hunting traditions?

·       Can CWD be transmitted to humans?


Wayne Laroche,  PGC Special Assistant,
CWD Response

Dr. Kevin Brightbill,  PDA,
Assistant State Veterinarian

Rob Miller, Governor’s Advisor For
Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation

When:             Saturday, September 22nd,   9:00 A.M. to 12:30

Where:           Jefferson County Fairgrounds   (just off of Exit 81 of I 80) 1514 PA-28, Brookville, PA 

Cost:                Program is FREE.

Registration Required:

Please go to and enter “chronic wasting disease”
 If you cannot access Eventbrite, call the Forestry office at 814-226-1901

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Pennsylvania Deer Parasite Research Project

The Extension Entomologist at Penn State University is leading a research project focused on deer parasites, specifically ticks and deer keds (a type of fly), which may transmit disease to deer and hunters. He is recruiting deer hunters to submit specimens they collect from deer and have free sampling kits available for the first 500 who pre-order them. He would really appreciate it if you could share the information below with deer hunters, sportsmen’s clubs, and hunting leases. I've included images of the brochure about the project below, including how to order a kit. Click here to go to the Pennsylvania Parasite Hunters project web site.

Pennsylvania Parasite Hunters
Blacklegged tick
Blacklegged ticks are perhaps the best-known external parasite of deer in Pennsylvania as they aggressively bite people and can transmit the pathogens that cause Lyme and other diseases. However, ticks aren’t the only deer-associated parasites that bite humans. Deer keds, which are a kind of parasitic fly, can be more abundant than ticks on individual deer and are often confused with ticks due to their superficial resemblance.

Deer ked
Deer keds have historically been considered a minor nuisance due to their bites but of no serious medical concern. However, several recent studies have isolated various pathogens from keds using DNA sequencing. It is not known yet whether keds are simply picking the pathogens up when they feed on infected hosts or whether they can actively transmit the disease agents.

As a result, the Penn State Insect Identification Laboratory and the Penn State Veterinary Entomology Laboratory have teamed up to develop a volunteer project to learn more about keds in Pennsylvania. Hunters are requested to send in specimens of both ticks and keds collected from harvested deer. Free parasite collection kits – which contain a louse comb for combing through deer hair for ked specimens, vials with preservative, and postage-paid return envelopes – are available to request through the project website.

Hunters without such kits can collect keds and ticks into hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol and send the specimens in liquid-tight containers (such as a pill vial) in ziplock bags to the PSU Insect Identification Laboratory, address below. We also ask that the following information be included with the parasites: name (optional), date of collection, collection locality (county at minimum, township or closest city preferred (we don’t need to know where your secret hunting spot is), and if the parasites were collected on the deer or the hunter.

Additional details about deer keds, including life history and photographs; identification; how to avoid keds and ticks, including precautions to take before and after hunting; and how collect and submit samples are available on the project website.

Mail inquiries and samples can be directed to the following address:
Attn: Ked research project
Insect Identification Laboratory
501 Agricultural Science & Industries Building
University Park, PA, 16802