A Stoneham whitetail deer breeder is suing Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) after they euthanized about 25 of his captive deer Feb. 18-19.
Wayne Johnson’s attorney, Matthew Pepper of The Woodlands, said his client’s deer were killed for no reason, as they were protected under a previous filing for “Trial De Novo.” The September 2013 law overrules any type of administrative ruling, and allows “a brand new trial.” That is why his client is filing for an appeal, Pepper said.
TPW Public Information Officer Steve Lightfoot said the deer had to be put down because they were not properly tagged with unique numbers that are registered with TPW, and the only way to test them for chronic wasting disease (similar to mad cow disease, cws-info.org) and tuberculosis is to send their brain stems to a lab. The 71-year-old is arguing that he has been a breeder since 1977, and has never brought in an outside deer since he started out with a single doe and buck almost 40 years ago.
Tuesday, Lightfoot told The Examiner that the test results from Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory….
Source: Navasota Examiner