The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission postponed their decision making process for CWD regulations this week.
The basis for the postponement of the decision regarding CWD regulations is a lack of truly thorough study. The Commission will review current research and proposed rule changes in order to better understand how changes in state regulations would affect the Texas captive deer population as a whole.
TPW Commission Chairman T. Dan Friedkin announced, “The commission believes it is important to take some additional time to review the proposed rules…[as] how Texas responds to the prevalence of CWD in its captive deer herd will have significant effects on the way state wildlife agencies and animal health organizations mitigate epidemiological issues.” This statement in particular highlights the reluctance of the Commission to rush into any decisions, despite already ordering a study.
Additionally, they will take time to contact stakeholders about concerns that have been voiced in the process. The proposed rule changes involve “the artificial movement of deer under several TPWD permits, including deer breeder permits, Triple T permits, DMP, and TTP permits.”