Since Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first discovered in mule deer in the Hueco Mountains of Texas in 2012, concerns over the movement of the deadly cervid disease has concerned animal health officials, prompting the latest development, new intrastate movement requirements for species susceptible to CWD as established by the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). The new rules are effective immediately.
“With the disclosure of CWD in mule deer…coupled with the newly required designation of red Deer and Sika deer as susceptible species, it is imperative that surveillance is increased in those species and movement of those susceptible species be traceable”, said Dr. Greg Hawkins, TAHC Region 4 Director.
TAHC says it has been working closely with the state’s cervid industry to develop the new movement rules which are intended to provide better traceability and CWD surveillance of elk, red deer, Sika deer, moose, and their hybrids.
In Texas alone there are approximately 125 different species, or products, of exotic wildlife, defined by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as exotic wildlife that are grass or plant eating, single or cloven-hooved mammals that are not indigenous or native to the state.