CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A trophy bull elk has been killed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after it wandered into an area where officials recently found the deadly chronic wasting disease present in deer.

LNP newspaper ( ) reports that officials are waiting for test results to see if the 8-by-9-point bull elk killed earlier this month in Clearfield County had contracted chronic wasting disease, which has spread into two areas of the commonwealth.

Game officials decided that it was too much of a risk to leave the elk alive since it could have spread the disease during the upcoming breeding season.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , chronic wasting disease is a prion disease — similar to mad cow disease — found in deer species.


Information from: LNP,