New rules to prevent CWD in Texas

©Michael Jolley

In an effort to control chronic wasting disease — a fatal and contagious neurological condition that affects deer — Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners recently adopted new rules to regulate testing for the disease and movement of captive white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the state. Some of these rules, which were voted on unanimously, include placing tighter restrictions on movement of deer on and off ranches, a provision that would allow for live testing of deer rather than postmortem testing. Deer breeders worry the restrictions will cause financial harm to rural economies and breeding operations. Read more about the new CWD rules at the Caller Times.