Texas Parks and Wildlife is taking drastic measures to reduce the CWD deer herd.
Texas Parks and Wildlife is reducing the number of deer at Texas Mountain Ranch in Medina County in an effort to curb the spread of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease). Texas Mountain Ranch is the location where CWD was first discovered in the state, according to KSAT 12.
A strategic herd reduction was conducted by the state, which was part of herd agreement between the agency and the facility. Robert Patterson, owner of the facility, told KSAT 12, “I would have much rather been involved and be able to go throughout our ranch the way we normally do.”
Steve Lightfoot, spokesman for the agency, said that the agency was just executing an agreement signed in September. The agreement set a goal of 100 hunter-harvested deer, which would reduce the heard to one deer per 50 acres, according to KSAT 12.
Texas Parks and Wildlife had around 20 employees working at Texas Mountain Ranch to carry out the reduction, and they plan to stay until the quota is met.
“Several of these deer were liberated from those same pens where we found the CWD positives. So in order to minimize further transmission in a contaminated environment, we’re looking to reduce numbers,” Lightfoot told KSAT 12.