A captive Texas deer has tested positive for CWD, the third from a high fenced facility and fourth overall in the state.
A news release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed a 3 1/2-year-old whitetail buck raised in captivity and harvested in early January by a hunter from a release site on a ranch in Medina and Uvalde counties has been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).
The samples were found to be positive after testing at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. They were then sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, the epicenter of CWD research in American deer herds.
The origin of the deer has been detected, and the TPWD is working with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) to conduct an epidemiological investigation.
This marks the third captive deer to test positive for CWD in Texas, and the fourth overall when you include the first case, a 2012 mule deer found near the New Mexico-Texas border.