State’s New Program That Aims to Better Protect Wildlife Based in Kennett Square

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The Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program started by Penn Vet and the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be based out of the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, according to a report from Penn Today.

The science-based, wildlife health program aims to increase disease surveillance, management, and research to better protect wildlife across the Keystone State.

The partnership will be beneficial on multiple levels. Hunters who submit deer samples harvested for chronic wasting disease testing will get test results much faster.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program will allocate 12 employees to address wildlife diseases. This will allow for significantly better disease documentation, research, and management and will allow agency biologists to focus more time on managing wildlife populations.

The program will be led by ecologist Julie Ellis and veterinarian and toxicologist Lisa Murphy.

“The Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program establishes a sustainable infrastructure for collaboration, and really represents a paradigm shift in managing wildlife disease,” Ellis said, adding that “ultimately, we are working to safeguard the health of Pennsylvania’s nearly 13 million residents from the potential impacts of wildlife disease.”

Read more about the Pennsylvania Wildlife Futures Program at Penn Today here.

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