Texas Parks & Wildlife Department employees say more deliberation is needed before new rules are adopted after the discovery of chronic wasting diseases (CWD) in wild Texas deer.
Consideration of proposed rules restricting deer movement in the CWD-affected area of Far West Texas will be delayed until the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s November meeting.
“Because this is a very dynamic process involving a complex disease, our approach to proposed rules regarding unnatural deer movement is one of caution,” said Mitch Lockwood, TPWD big game program director. “The consensus among our CWD task force is that additional measures need consideration beyond what we originally proposed.”
Proposed rules being considered would limit permitted deer movement into or from areas in which CWD has been discovered as well as areas for which there is a moderate to high probability that the disease exists undetected.
In addition to permitted movement restrictions, state wildlife managers will be collecting samples from hunter-harvested mule deer for CWD testing. All mule deer harvested in the CWD Containment Zone of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson counties during the upcoming mule deer season, Nov. 23-Dec. 9, will be inspected at mandatory hunter check stations and tested for CWD. Mandatory check stations will be set up at the Van Horn Convention Center and at Mae’s Café in Cornudas.