Chronic wasting disease found for first time in wild Texas white-tail deer

  • January 28, 2017
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State wildlife officials are restricting the transport of live and dead white-tailed deer and requiring sampling of carcasses after the discovery of a fatal disease in a free-ranging deer this week.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Tuesday identified chronic wasting disease in a 1 1/2-year-old buck harvested in Medina County west of San Antonio, the first wild individual of its species to be found with the disease in Texas. The hunter brought the carcass into a voluntary state checkpoint for sampling.

 Chronic wasting disease affects the nervous system of deer and their relatives, including elk and moose. Mule deer were the first to be infected in Texas, with the first case found in West Texas in 2012… Read more from MySanAntonio.com