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Texas Parks & Wildlife Proposes New Guidelines to Combat Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer

Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) is proposing new guidelines to address chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer populations across the state. CWD, a neurological condition, poses risks to deer populations and could potentially spread if not managed effectively.

The proposed guidelines focus on carcass disposal and containment zones. TPWD aims to implement a statewide carcass disposal rule for native deer, such as white-tailed and mule deer, harvested in Texas. Acceptable disposal options include landfill disposal, burying carcasses at least three feet below ground, or returning remains to the property of harvest.

Additionally, TPWD proposes allowing hunters to debone carcasses at harvest sites, with certain conditions to ensure proper handling and containment of potentially infectious tissues.

The guidelines also expand containment zones to areas in the panhandle where CWD has been detected. These zones would require hunters to adhere to carcass movement restrictions and implement voluntary testing measures instead of mandatory check station requirements.

The proposed guidelines aim to mitigate the spread of CWD while providing options for hunters to comply with regulations. Individuals can submit comments on the proposals online or attend the TPWD Commission meeting on May 23 in Austin to provide feedback directly.

For more information and to view the complete list of proposed guidelines, individuals can visit the TPWD website. Comments can be submitted via email to TPWD Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Hunter Reed or in person at the upcoming Commission meeting.

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