Ban on deer salt licks, feed stations proposed

Posted: 10:42 AM EST Nov 22, 2012

A Penn State veterinarian is proposing a ban on salt licks and feed stations for wild deer in Pennsylvania following the commonwealth's first case of a fatal deer disease.

David Wolfgang, of the College of Agricultural Sciences, told The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion that deer obviously congregate at such stations, and that's bad enough.

But he said droppings from animals infected with chronic wasting disease could get into the soil and pose a danger for years.

Wolfgang, a member of the state's Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force, said the best control programs try to keep the deer population in good balance with forest resources, keep captive deer fenced-in and call on hunters to report sick deer immediately.