Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in Lavaca County captive white-tailed deer herd.
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently confirmed reports of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a captive whitetail deer herd in Lavaca County. Samples were found and confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa to be CWD.
It’s believed the herd was effected by the Medina County index captive white-tailed deer herd, where CWD was first detected in June.
Dr. Dee Ellis, TAHC Executive Director told reporters, “The investigation of the index facility in Medina County continues. The TAHC, TPWD and USDA are diligently working with the breeder deer industry to assess disease transmission risks, and to protect Texas’ free ranging deer, captive deer and hunting industries.”
Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director added, “TPWD will continue to work with TAHC, USDA and stakeholders representing wildlife conservation and deer breeding interests to implement measures appropriate to protect our state’s most popular big game animal, the white-tailed deer.”
The first case of CWD in Texas was found in a free-ranging mule deer herd near the Hueco Mountain range. The herd in Lavaca County is only the second CWD-infected herd found in Texas.