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Indiana deer hunters asked to help kill escaped deer

October 27, 2012 at 08:18 AM

The Associated Press

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — Indiana wildlife officials are enlisting hunters in four counties to help prevent the spread of a disease that has ravaged deer populations in other states.

Licensed hunters in Jackson, Bartholomew, Jennings and Scott counties are being asked to kill any deer with a yellow ear tag and notify the state. Motorists who hit a tagged deer are asked to do the same.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/TFYCME ) the deer are among 20 that escaped this spring from a Jackson County farm. The animals have been linked to a Pennsylvania farm where chronic wasting disease has been detected.

The disease isn’t in Indiana yet, but officials say it poses a threat to the state’s deer population.

The four Indiana facilities that received animals from the Pennsylvania farm are under quarantine.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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