Concerned about chronic wasting diseases reports in New Mexico mule deer and elk, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff last week killed several West Texas mule deer in order to collect brain samples for testing.
Shooters took 30 does and one spike during the collection process. That meets TPWD goals for the number of animals needed for a reasonable sampling from the area, which is mostly in Hudspeth County just south of the New Mexico border.
The samples have been sent for testing and results are expected within a month.
Texas has tested more than 33,000 animals statewide and never found CWD in any deer, mule or white-tailed.