Cornell University researchers warn chronic wasting disease is on New York’s doorstep.

Wildlife disease ecologist with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Krysten Schuler, says the fatal deer disease has increasingly plagued the state wildlife and agricultural agencies with no sustainable solution in sight.

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New York State eliminated CWD in 2005 but the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently announced a white-tailed deer in northwestern Pa., five miles from the New York border, tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Schuler, who is one of the top researchers regarding CWD, says the positive case will require a thorough investigation to make sure it did not infect wild deer in New York.

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Hunters can help by supporting the wildlife agency response and knowing the regulations concerning chronic wasting disease. More information can be found at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website:.

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