The highly contagious disease was found in a two-year-old buck in Meridian Township, caught less than a mile away from the first free-ranging deer found with the disease back in May.
A single case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was enough to draw hundreds to a meeting at Texas Parks and Wildlife headquarters in South Austin Thursday morning.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources received a positive test result this week.
According to DNR veterinarian, Steve Schmitt, the goal is to minimize the spread of the disease. “We will continue with our aggressive surveillance throughout the summer and fall”.
Among the over 33,000 deer tested, no white-tailed deer tested positive until the recent occurrence near Medina, he said. Officials are also collecting and testing deer killed by vehicles along the area’s roads.
“We will try to make the determination is this established?”
At today’s meeting commissioners made a recommendation to test all deer at risk for contracting the disease, access the risk of it spreading to other facilities and to make an effort to reopen deer breeding business as soon as possible.
Walsh said deer taken are being tested locally and are then sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, Iowa for independent confirmation.
An unexpected case of CWD has both deer breeders and hunters in Texas anxious.
SAN ANGELO – A positive case of chronic wasting disease was recently verified in a captive white-tailed deer in Medina County, and hunters are advised to learn precautionary measures.
State agencies generally employ a strict method of containment when it comes to CWD in captive deer: kill any believed to have come in contact with the infection.
Animal experts are taking steps to fight a disease that could threaten the state’s deer population.
“Once it’s established, there’s not much you can do”, he said. Believed to be spread through infectious proteins called prions, CWD is almost always fatal to deer and is a great concern for biologists across the United States.
The disease does not affect people but the DNR is asking for your help. Additionally, the Core CWD Area consisting of Lansing, Meridian, Williamstown, Delhi, Alaiedon and Wheatfield townships in Ingham County; DeWitt and Bath townships in Clinton County; and Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County, was created. The DNR asks that the public and hunters continue to report deer that are unusually thin and exhibiting unusual behavior (for example, acting tame around humans and allowing someone to approach).