RED HILL – Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) encourages local residents to learn more about chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal disease in deer that is slowly spreading through Pennsylvania, at an informational seminar he is hosting on Thursday, Oct 17.
The seminar, to be led by officials from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Upper Perkiomen Sportsmen’s Association, 398 E. 6th St. in Red Hill.
CWD affects the brain and nervous system of infected cervids (deer, elk and moose) eventually resulting in death. Due to the popularity of hunting in the Commonwealth, many sportsmen and residents have questions about the disease, its spread and eventual impact upon free-ranging deer and the sport of hunting.
“Although no cases have been reported or confirmed in our region, the fact that CWD is within Pennsylvania means it may eventually get here,” Simmons said. “This disease cannot be contracted by humans or pets, but it’s always wise to be aware of its presence in the deer population and rural communities.”
Seating is limited. Those interested in attending must register in advance by visiting RepSimmons.com
or calling his district office in Red Hill at 215-679-3152.
Representative Justin Simmons
131st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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