Indiana wildlife officials are enlisting hunters in four counties to help prevent the spread of a disease that has ravaged deer populations in other states.
Licensed hunters in Jackson, Bartholomew, Jennings and Scott counties are being asked to kill any deer with a yellow ear tag and notify the state. Motorists who hit a tagged deer are asked to do the same.
The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/TFYCME ) the deer are among 20 that escaped this spring from a Jackson County farm. The animals have been linked to a Pennsylvania farm where chronic wasting disease has been detected.
The disease isn't in Indiana yet, but officials say it poses a threat to the state's deer population.
The four Indiana facilities that received animals from the Pennsylvania farm are under quarantine.