A deer with tags in both ears believed to possibly be a Sitka deer was killed by state officials last winter after they watched it interacting with white-tailed deer in a public park.
Pennsylvania Game Commission officials still are conducting an investigation into the deer and where it came from. It was discovered in Lancaster County Central Park and watched for signs of chronic wasting disease.
After no determination could be made of the owner, officials ordered it shot. Subsequent testing for CWD proved negative.
Officials and residents are on edge after CWD was discovered in white-tailed deer last year. The mysterious deer, with the tagged ears, likely is from a game farm but that is uncertain since the owner has not been determined. State officials allow time for the owner to report any escaped deer from high fence farms; none did for this one, and it was put down.
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