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#5874890 - 08/12/15 08:58 AM Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife commission has approved a set of rules for the state’s deer industry. The agency says it aims to better track incidents of Chronic Wasting Disease among captive deer herds and release more deer breeders from the state’s ban on the sale of deer.

Many deer breeders now have the opportunity to sell their herds at two deer auctions in Texas occurring in August, just over a month before the beginning of hunting season. Steve Lightfoot with Texas Parks and Wildlife says breeders who were already a part of the state’s certified deer testing program will be able to begin selling their deer immediately.

“This also provides that the vast majority of the 1,300 deer breeders in the State of Texas can gain movement qualified status by testing three or fewer animals,” Lightfoot explained.

Because the test requires the deer to be dead, a breeder would need to randomly kill three deer and have them tested with the state’s Animal Health Commission. It also means those hunting on land that has genetically bred deer will not have to submit their trophy buck to the state for testing. But breeders who do not register with the state’s testing program will have to find a buyer willing to submit 100 percent of deer killed on their lease for testing.

Early this summer, a two-year old whitetail buck at Robert Patterson’s Texas Mountain Ranch near Hondo tested positive for CWD. Further testing showed two more deer at the ranch also had the disease, but so far none of the deer Patterson has sold to other ranches have tested positive for the disease. Lightfoot says there are options for breeders that bought from Patterson.

“I know there are a lot of different variables to get to those end results, whether it is to get a full release condition or a temporary or partial, you know there are some requirements and goals that need to be met,” Lightfoot said.

Breeders who bought from Patterson can sell their deer if the owner of the hunting lease agrees to test one out of every two deer killed during this hunting. But it also knocks them out of the running for selling their deer at auction. Two of the states’ biggest deer auctions occur in August, the first happening this weekend in San Antonio.

#5874906 - 08/12/15 09:10 AM Re: Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Those high fenced deer probably do need to be tested for various diseases, but humans have diseases too. How come they don't kill us three at a time to test us. Hey Im just sayin. We are probably way worse off than a deer. grin
Saw somethin big in grey out there. What is that? Oh #### !! thats a big ol buck. 😆

#5874998 - 08/12/15 09:54 AM Re: Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules [Re: REALKILLER]
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They are going to spend a ton of money testing this year. There will be "check stations" in areas "close" to release site ranches. When I asked the state if they'd defined how "close" is "close", they admitted they hadn't figured that out yet.

What was obvious last night was that they are flying blind. That's what happens when you abandon basic scientific principles to find an easy out.
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#5875020 - 08/12/15 10:06 AM Re: Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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rancher, I read the press release and it's obvious that TPWD/TAHC plan to fast track as many CWD certified breeders as possible prior to September 22.

But what about the ranches that have received and released deer related to the index herd? I'm not clear on what their requirements are.

#5875190 - 08/12/15 12:10 PM Re: Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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#5875198 - 08/12/15 12:16 PM Re: Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Thank you, Play Maker.

#5875609 - 08/12/15 03:30 PM Re: Texas Parks and Wildlife Adopts New Chronic Wasting Disease Rules [Re: Play Maker]
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Originally Posted By: Play Maker

Thanks for that information up

Here is a Newsletter I received from TAHC this AM.

Deer Breeder Movement Standards
Plan Finalized

Framework Addresses Chronic Wasting Disease Management, Industry Needs

August 11, 2015

Media Contacts:
Steve Lightfoot, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, 512-389-4701, ;
Bonnie Ramirez, Texas Animal Health Commission, 512-719-0710512-719-0710,

AUSTIN - Texas deer breeders will be able to resume animal movements under a plan finalized today by staff of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

The Breeder Deer Movement Qualification Standards Plan will take effect upon the filing of Emergency Rules by TPWD and will be in place through the 2015-16 Texas hunting season. Details of the plan are available online at .

Key elements of the plan include:
A framework giving breeders who met previous movement qualified standards an option to move and liberate deer. Movement qualification is also dependent on administrative compliance with deer breeder permit regulations and statutes.
Enhanced options for closely-monitored herds with a status of "fifth year" or "certified" in the TAHC Monitored Herd Program. There are no additional release site requirements for ranches that receive deer only from these herds.
Additional Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing in deer breeding facilities. Under the plan, the vast majority of the 1,300 permitted deer breeders in Texas can gain movement qualified status by testing two or fewer animals.
There will be CWD testing requirements for a proportion of deer that are harvested on some release sites.
The goal of the Movement Qualification Plan is to provide deer breeders with options prior to the September 22 deadline for movement and liberation of bucks and before the 2015-16 hunting season. This is just one of many steps Texas is taking to mitigate the spread of CWD after it was detected in deer from a Medina County deer breeding facility earlier this summer.

"We have received and tried to be responsive to the extensive feedback from the state's many and varied deer management interests in developing this revised plan," said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. "In the development of this framework, both agencies are balancing the need to minimize the risk of unwittingly allowing the movement or liberation of Chronic Wasting Disease-positive deer on the Texas landscape while adopting reasonable movement qualification standards that allow qualified deer breeders to begin moving and liberating captive deer. The complexity associated with the development of this framework is immense."

A joint agency CWD Working Group will now focus efforts on developing individual herd plans for affected deer breeders and develop a plan for strategic sampling of hunter harvested deer from free-ranging populations this fall.

"Our goal was to protect the health of free-ranging deer and captive breeder deer, while maintaining business continuity for the breeder industry," said Dr. Dee Ellis, TAHC Executive Director. "We believe this plan accomplishes those goals."

Factors such as level of connectedness to the index facility, level of testing in the TAHC Monitored Herd Program, relative percentage of the overall herd that has been tested, and variable liberation criteria are all being considered in development of the herd plans.

The TAHC and TPWD are continuing the investigation of the index facility in Medina County, where 42 deer have been euthanized and tested for CWD.

"The results from the partial testing of the animals in the Index Facility, as well as samples from the CWD-exposed herds, are important to making reasonable, prudent, and responsible decisions for the remaining captive herds, neighboring landowners, and wild deer," said Clayton Wolf, TPWD Wildlife Division director.

Founded in 1893, the Texas Animal Health Commission works to protect the health of all Texas livestock, including: cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, equine animals and exotic livestock.



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