The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 7, 2012

Game commission testing two elk put down in park


Associated Press

FRANKLIN — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is testing two elk put down in a county park in northwestern Pennsylvania for Chronic Wasting Disease and other illnesses.

Commission spokesman Jerry Feaser says in The Derrick of Oil City report that the elk were reported at Two Mile Run County Park in Venango County, near Franklin. That’s about 100 miles northwest of Johnstown.

Feaser says the elk were too far away from where wild elk are known to roam, so officials presume they came from an elk farm. The animals weren’t tagged, however, so they were put down because it wasn’t possible to determine their origin.

The elk are also being tested for brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis.

The elk were reported in the park Jan. 31. The game commission will alert the community if the tests reveal any diseases.

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